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One Inmate Dead, Nine Injured in Fight at Korydallos Prison

March 8, 2019

ATHENS – Authorities in Greece say a fight between two groups of prisoners at the country’s largest prison left an inmate dead and injured nine others.

The Justice Ministry said the fight broke out Thursday in the psychiatric unit of Korydallos prison, a maximum-security facility in Athens.

The fight broke out between Russian speakers and Albanian inmates, with the participation of a large number of inmates in the psychiatric ward  armed with makeshift knives.

One inmate died of his injuries and eight others were hospitalized outside the prison for theirs. A prison officer also was injured.

Some of the injured have been taken to hospitals outside of Korydallos prison, which indicates that they may be seriously injured.

Greece has some of the most overcrowded prisons in the European Union. But the number of inmates per cell has improved in recent years due to prisoners having more opportunities for early release, as well as the construction of new prisons and additions to existing ones.

(Material from AP and ANA was used in this reports)

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