LONDON – A former Greek judge convicted in absentia of trial fixing while living in London is fighting extradition, claiming Greece’s jails are unfit.
A London court is expected to decide in the coming weeks whether to approve the return of Antonia Ilia, whose lawyer has cited European criticism of the overcrowded Greek prison system.
Ilia was sentenced to almost seven years in prison by a Greek court while hiding out in England. She was arrested in Brighton, southern England, in 2011. She didn’t appear in the London court on Nov. 21 because of an eye infection, her lawyer told judges.
A prosecutor, acting on behalf of the Greek Ministry of Justice told the court that if extradited, Ilia would be held at the new women’s wing at Korydallos Prison, south of Athens, a facility that complies with international regulations.
But two Greek experts who testified via teleconference argued that jurisdiction for prisoners’ placement lies with the prison council and not the ministry.