ATHENS – Thirteen correctional officers and their former warden will be brought to trial in Serres, northern Greece, over the death of Albanian inmate Ilie Kareli on March 27 at Nigrita Prison.
Kareli was transferred to Nigrita after killing a guard, Giorgos Tsironis, at Malandrino Prison in central Greece the previous day. CCTV footage showed Kareli being escorted by guards into a waiting room and then, bruised and half-undressed, to his cell, where he died.
“Correctional officers of Nigrita Prison subjected the inmate systematically and without pause to torture in order to punish him for their colleague’s death,” the indictment read, Kathimerini said, adding that the beating he sustained ultimately led to his death.
The video shows Kareli being escorted by guards into a waiting room after arriving at the prison and then being led to his cell, apparently bruised and half-undressed. Kareli died a few hours later as a result of a chest injury.
He was allegedly beaten by a number of guards while waiting to be shown to his cell at Nigrita. The video also contains stills of Kareli bearing visible signs of abuse on his face, back and arms.
No date for the trial has been set.