Tirana Seeks Answers for Albanian Inmate’s Death

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Over the weekend, the Albanian Foreign Ministry expressed concern for the death of Ilia Kareli in prison in Nigrita, Greece on Thursday.

In a statement, the ministry said it “condemns attacks against authorities imposing the law, as well as all acts of violence against Albanian citizens serving their sentence in prisons in Greece”. It has asked Greek authorities to determine the circumstances of the 42 year-old Albanian’s death and to punish those responsible.

Two days prior to his death, Kareli stabbed a 46-year-old prison guard in the windpipe at the Malandrino Prison, killing him. As a consequence, “for his own safety”, the inmate was transferred to Nigrita prison, where he was put in solitary confinement.

Just two days later, he was found dead in his cell, battered, with multiple fractures to his sternum, among other injuries indicative of torture.

When news of Kareli’s death reached his compatriots in Corinth prison, they refused to return to their cells as a sign of protest, and many inmates across Greece refused their meals on Friday.