Ex-prison gov­er­nor to face coun­cil over Xeros

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The for­mer gov­er­nor of At­tica’s Ko­ry­dal­los Prison, Maria Stefi, is to face a dis­ci­plinary coun­cil af­ter Jus­tice Min­is­ter Har­alam­bos Athana­siou de­cided yes­ter­day that she should an­swer to charges of gross neg­li­gence fol­low­ing the es­cape of Novem­ber 17 con­vict Christodou­los Xeros, who ab­sconded while on fur­lough from the prison ear­lier this month.

Stefi was trans­ferred to a post at another prison last week to al­low an in­ves­ti­ga­tion to get un­der way into why Xeros re­ceived le­nient treat­ment while serv­ing mul­ti­ple life sen­tences at Ko­ry­dal­los.

Two of Stefi’s deputy war­dens and two so­cial work­ers who sat on the coun­cil which ap­proved a string of fur­loughs for Xeros also face dis­ci­plinary ac­tion. They all face tem­po­rary sus­pen­sion from their posts.

Athana­siou’s de­ci­sion came just a day af­ter Supreme Court prose­cu­tor Efterpi Koutza­mani or­dered that the two pros­e­cu­tors who sat on the coun­cil that granted Xeros leave should face dis­ci­plinary ac­tion.

The two pros­e­cu­tors face tem­po­rary sus­pen­sion from their du­ties, as do 17 Ko­ry­dal­los em­ploy­ees who are un­der scru­tiny as part of the broader probe into the treat­ment re­ceived by the 55-year-old con­vict while at the Athens prison.

Ac­cord­ing to a re­port by Pi­raeus prose­cu­tor Evan­ge­los Zacharis, the two pros­e­cu­tors who sat on the prison coun­cil showed “gross neg­li­gence” that “struck a blow to the pres­tige of jus­tice.” His re­port in­cludes the tes­ti­monies of prison guards who were on duty on New Year’s Eve, which Xeros spent with jailed mem­bers of another guer­rilla group, Con­spir­acy of the Cells of Fire, and who al­legedly claimed that the de­ci­sion to al­low the N17 con­vict to meet with the de­tained guer­ril­las was taken two years ago.

Xeros ap­peared in a video posted online last week pledg­ing a re­turn to ter­ror­ism.

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