ATHENS – Police said they believe the criminal underworld is behind the assassination of the warden of the high-security Domokos Prison in central Greece.
Authorities were said to have so far dismissed that terrorist groups, whose ringleaders are locked up in the prison, plotted the killing of the 47-year-old father of two who still hasn’t been named.
That came after ballistics tests showed one of the guns fired in the attack had been previously used during an attempted robbery on a bank in Aspropyrgos, northwest of Athens, in 2012, Kathimerini said. The guns were found not to have any connections to previous terrorist attacks.
The man was gunned down while leaving his home near the town of Lamia on Feb. 21 when a dark SUV pulled up beside him and unidentified assailants opened fire with Kalashnikov assault rifles and a 9 mm pistol. Police said he was shot over 20 times and dozens of bullet casings were found near his body.
Police are said to be investigating the victim’s background to determine whether he had had any serious run-ins with mobsters, and are looking into his phone records for clues.
Domokos Prison was recently renovated to house some of Greece’s most dangerous criminals.
The country’s prison guards put out a statement saying they are working in dangerous conditions.
“We are fed up of being beaten up, spat on, knifed, threatened, suffering bomb attacks and the well-known consequences of all this,” the statement said