Au­thor­i­ties sus­pi­cious about knowl­edge-hun­gry in­mates

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A grow­ing num­ber of in­mates at Athens’s high-se­cu­rity Kordyal­los Prison, in­clud­ing mem­bers of the ur­ban guer­rilla group Con­spir­acy of the Cells of Fire, are ex­er­cis­ing their right to pur­sue higher ed­u­ca­tion, as au­thor­i­ties seek to de­ter­mine whether the trend is part of a plan to break out of the fa­cil­ity, Kathimerini un­der­stands.

Of­fi­cials say sev­eral mem­bers of the ter­ror group have made use of leg­is­la­tion re­gard­ing so­called “eter­nal stu­dents,” which al­lows in­di­vid­u­als to be en­rolled at univer­sity for years with­out grad­u­at­ing. Some of those pris­on­ers have been al­lowed to trans­fer from uni­ver­si­ties in the pe­riph­ery to other in­sti­tu­tions in At­tica. “By sign­ing up to uni­ver­si­ties and tech­ni­cal colleges in Athens, they will be able to claim study fur­loughs,” un­named sources told the news­pa­per. Two Con­spir­acy group mem­bers, who took part in an armed rob­bery in Vel­vendo, Kozani in 2013, are able to at­tend classes out­side prison while wear­ing elec­tronic tags.

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