ATHENS – Government promises in January this year to build high-security prisons in the aftermath of terrorist escapes haven’t resulted in any work being done yet.
The government’s intention of turning Domokos jail in central Greece into a high-security facility within 100 days was announced on January 7 by Justice Minister Haralambos Athanasiou.
That came after November 17 terrorist Christodoulos Xiros walked away from a holiday vacation he was given despite serving six life terms for his role in six assassinations, including five Americans attached to the U.S. Embassy over the years.
In July, Parliament passed legislation allowing the creation of maximum-security jails. The transfer of prisoners to Domokos followed but no work has taken place at the prison to step up security.
One guard who spoke to Kathimerini on condition of anonymity said that prison staff are even carrying out basic maintenance themselves.