Six out of the eight prison guards from Nigrita prison, in northern Greece, who on Tuesday appeared before the Greek court and apologized for the torture and death of the Albanian prisoner Ilia Kareli will remain in custody. The six prison guards will be transferred on Wednesday to another prison under the discretion of the Prosecutor.
Ilia Kareli was found dead in his cell in Nigrita prison several hours after being transferred there from Malandrino prison where he had fatally stabbed the prison guard Giorgos Tsironis. An investigation over Kareli’s death revealed that his body displayed obvious signs of torture. It is estimated that he had been punched, kicked and beaten with a makeshift whip.
During their apology the guards tried to justify their brutal actions, claiming that they were enraged by the death of their colleague Giorgos Tsironis. Among the detained officers is also the Nigrita prison officer union leader who had stated to media that “nothing happened” when asked about the death of the Albanian prisoner.
Two of the eight prison guards were released under restrictive conditions. They are not allowed to leave the country, while one of them will have to pay 5,000 euros in bail.