A plan for the prevention and handling of the phenomenon of radicalization of Muslims in Greece has been undertaken by Hellenic Police (ELAS) in cooperation with pertinent authorities.
Greek police have already identified strains of radicalized Islamic groups integrated in ISIS within the thousands of migrants landing in Greece. ELAS has recently proceeded in arresting two jihadists in Thessaloniki and Orestiada. One is a French citizen who was on the suspect list of the French Counterterrorism force for the slaughter at Bataclan club in Paris and the other is a German citizen who is accused of a murderous attack against a policeman in Hanover.
On the occasion of these arrests, Greek police have started a training program of policemen, prison wardens and guards, customs officers and immigration officials for understanding the phenomenon and locating terrorist elements within the Muslim communities in Greece and among stranded migrants.
ELAS has 62 trainers who have trained 130 government officials of pertinent authorities in Athens, Thessaloniki, Lesvos, Chania and Alexandroupolis.
One of the most effective methods in locating suspicious Muslims is monitoring the internet use of suspects who are trying to recruit people for the ISIS cause.
The police program against radicalization puts particular emphasis on Greek prisons, which are considered fertile ground for the development of such enclaves. Prisoners are considered more vulnerable to radical teachings and could become dangerous both inside the prison and after their release.
The ELAS plan also includes specialized de-radicalization programs in prisons for the long term, with the ultimate aim of eliminating extremist ideologies and helping Muslim migrants integrate into Greek society.
At the moment, five percent of Muslims held in Greek prisons come from countries where jihadists have a strong presence, namely Syria, Algeria, Iraq, Morocco and Libya.