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#Greece: Second Death Recorded in Greek Prisons in Three Days

Born on the 23d of June 1992, Maltezos Sozos died on the 2nd of February in Larissa because of dental inflammation.

Originally published by Omnia TV. Written by Tasos Theofilou. Translated by Black Cat.

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Greece: Second Death Recorded in Greek Prisons in Three Days

Born on the 23d of June 1992, Maltezos Sozos died on the 2nd of February in Larissa because of dental inflammation.

According to the Network of Prisoner Solidarity, the 26 year-old, who was serving his 4th year in prison following a conviction for robberies, was persistently asking the Malandrino prison management to allow his transfer to a hospital.

Eventually he was taken to Larissa prison since there was no dentist employed in Malandrino. Prisoners describe that his face had been disformed from the swelling caused by the inflammation on his tooth.

Two days after his transfer to Larissa prison, which supposedly took place because of his health problem, he was found dead in his cell.

Anarchists from Larissa staged an intervention outside Larissa prison, threw leaflets and chanted slogans against the system of corrections.

A 33 year-old who was in prison since 2016 for robberies, facing a sentence of 14 years, took his own life in his cell in Alikarnassos prison in the early morning of February 5th. He was found hung in his cell by a prison guard at 4:25 am and based on the post-mortem examination his death took place at 4:10 am. He had left a note explaining that the reason behind his action was that he could not live with the fact that he had betrayed the trust of his family.

The man had deceived his cousin, who unknowingly brought to him a garment with a small quantity of heroin sown in it, when he visited with him in prison. However small the quantity, it was still traced by prison guards during the checks prison visitors go through. His fear and guilt for the criminal consequences his cousin would face for something he was unaware of doing, seem to have to led the 33 year-old man to this tragic and final decision.

According to information provided by his fellow prisoners (which the prison management refutes) the man owed money for the purchase of drugs to the crime ring operating in prison. In order to pay off his debt and under the threat of violence he followed an order to import drugs into prison in this exact way. 

An interesting piece of information regarding the living conditions in Greece’s prisons is that his cellmates were heavily sedated with strong psychiatric medication and were not able to understand what was going on in time to stop it. This was the second death recorded in Greek prisons in the span of three days.

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  1. […] Statement by the Prisoner Struggle Committee of Korydallos prison in Greece after the death of Maltezos Sozos. […]

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