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March 27, 2014
March 27, 2014

Action against the Greek Guantanamo

Source: To keli  Category: Letters from home
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Action against the Greek Guantanamo


Collectivities, individuals, relatives of prisoners and former prisoners, have set up the Action against the Greek Guantanamo, against, that is, the type C maximum security prisons, and against the Ministry of Justice bill establishing them. Below is a press release / call:

A new correctional terror law, the bill the Ministry of Justice raised to consultation for the creation of type C high-security prisons, came these days to institutionalise and consolidate the climate of terrorising hysteria, the moral panic and intimidation that the government has long attempted to create. Its provisions give rise (institutionally, as well, since in practice it exists since 2002) to a prison within the prison, a gray zone of disciplining, where rights are expelled and every notion of justice is absent.

In detail:

The prison of Domokos and branches in other “conventional” prisons are originally defined as type C prisons. Mostly people convicted or charged under Criminal Code Article 187A (terror law) but also prisoners who have committed disciplinary offenses or are deemed dangerous to the security of the prison, public order and… the country will be held in them.

The prisoners of these prisons: they have no right to a prison leave. They will be serving their entire sentence, without any beneficial measure towards reducing it taken into account. They will remain inside for at least ten years, with the possibility of their detention to be reviewed and renewed every 2 years. Those convicted to life imprisonment, under the terror law, will not be entitled to conditional release, before completing at least 20 years of sentence. They will not be allowed to work. There will be clear limitations to visitation rights and general communication with the outside world.

The external guarding, the entrances / exits, the incoming persons control will be undertaken by the Police, instead of the prison service.

Retired Police generals or senior judges will assume the prison administration.

Finally, favourable treatment is reserved to detainees (regardless of their offense) who contribute with information to the dismantling of armed criminal organisations. Thereby, not only snitching is institutionalised, but also it is revealed, beyond any doubt, whose safety the legistrator’s is concerned about.

With this bill the rulers attempt an rupture with the past: they introduce the concept of revenge in the criminal procedure, they invalidate in practice legal acquis such as the presumption of innocence and the principles of equality and proportionality in serving of sentences, they institutionalise the torture of isolation as a way of disciplining those who react, they “build” inaccessible prisons, where the arbitrariness and the law of the warden will reign, and finally they create an example of punishment addressed to the entire society.

We should note, finally, that the recent events in Malandrino [1] show that prisons are boiling, all the while the Ministry of Justice, through unannounced raids in cells, cancellation of visitation rights and prison leaves, is showing what it means by “public consultation”.

  • We demand the immediate withdrawal of the Ministry of Justice terrorist bill which leads to prisoners’ physical and mental extermination.
  • We support with all our strength the struggle fought by prisoners across the country.


[1] The inmate Ilia Kareli killed a guard in the prison of Malandrino and he was transferred to the prison of Nigrita where he was found brutally murdered in the isolation cell after having been tortured for 2,5 hours by the prison guards.

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