Korydallos riot curbed
Guards at Attica’s high-security Korydallos Prison hospital yesterday managed to curb a rampage by a group of inmates that appeared to be triggered by the arrest of a visitor attempting to smuggle drugs to one of the prisoners. A group of Georgian inmates caused widespread damage in the hospital, according to sources who said a subsequent inspection revealed that 25 of the prisoners being treated in the wards had makeshift knives and other weapons. Earlier in the day, there was trouble at Aghios Stefanos Prison in the western port of Patra where an Albanian inmate knifed two compatriots, injuring them both seriously.
Athens University rector Theodoros Fortsakis sought to appease anger among students following his controversial proposal that student unions use online voting to decide whether or not to hold sit-ins at university faculties, saying that the decision should be that of the students themselves. “We didn’t say that we don’t want student unions,” Fortsakis said. “On the contrary, we want them and we would like to see them reinforced,” he said, noting that an evoting system could help students garner broad support for proposed initiatives.
Iraklis Kostaris, a convicted member of the dismantled November 17 terrorist group, was yesterday transferred to the Thriasio Hospital in Elefsina, in a critical condition following three weeks on hunger strike. Kostaris, 47, was moved from Attica’s high-security Korydallos Prison to the hospital on the orders of a cardiologist at the prison. The convict, who is serving a life sentence for participation in N17’s activities, launched his hunger strike to protest a decision by prison authorities to curb his furloughs during which he had been studying at Piraeus technical college. Prison authorities cut all furloughs after another N17 convict, Christodoulos Xeros, disappeared during a nine-day leave in January.
Lawyers throughout Greece decided yesterday to extend their strike until December 5. The action began on November 25 in protest at a bill introducing changes to civil procedural law. However, representatives of all the country’s 63 bar associations decided yesterday to extend the action.
A court in Katerini, near Thessaloniki, gave a 12-month suspended jail sentence to an ophthalmologist yesterday after he was found guilty of accepting a 300-euro bribe in order to speed up a patient’s operation. The 51year-old doctor, who is the head of the ophthalmology department at Katerini Hospital, was arrested after the son of the 66-year-old patient notified police. The doctor insisted that the money had been a gift, not a bribe.