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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-02-24

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  • [01] Gov't on prisons problem

  • [01] Gov't on prisons problem

    The government on Tuesday defended the latest set of urgent measures aimed to prevent another spectacular escape from one of the country's prisons as well as to combat organised crime in general, days after a pair of notorious convicts again used a helicopter to fly away from Greece's main penitentiary.

    In defending one of the measures, namely, banning the use of anonymous pre-paid mobile phones -- estimated as a few million in Greece -- government spokesman Evangelos Antonaros said the telephone confidentiality is still adhered to. Nevertheless, he said that requiring the listing of an owner's particulars even for a pre-paid connection is implemented in several European countries, such as Germany, France, Spain, Slovakia and Hungary.

    "I am surprised by the fact that some people, whom I do not want to name, are putting corporate interests above the public good and above citizens' security and that of the country," Antonaros said in response to press questions during his daily briefing.

    The spokesman dismissed criticism that banning anonymous pre-paid mobile phones and connections infringe on human and civil rights, "law-abiding citizens have nothing to fear, only those that are considering or have committed criminal acts."

    In a more general comment, Antonaros said the "deja vu" airborne prison break by the criminal duo of Paleokostas-Rizaj "was made possible due to the corroded system, demonstrating that other measures are necessary, and that is what we are doing."

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