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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 13-04-03

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  • [01] Justice Minister announces tighter security measures for prisons
  • [02] FTSE Group keeps ASE in developed market category

  • [01] Justice Minister announces tighter security measures for prisons

    AMNA - Justice Minister Antonis Roupakiotis on Wednesday announced increased security measures in prison facilities nationwide, including updated weaponry for prison guards and the bullet-proofing of the windows in prison guard towers. On the same day, bomb disposal experts had set up an operation to neutralise two hand-grenades found outside a correctional facility in Trikala, from which 11 convicts had escaped on March 22.

    Roupakiotis said that one of the facilities in either Trikala, Domokos or Malandrinou will become a maximum security prison. He also announced the hiring of 500 new employees for the prison system, while 220 civil servants will be transferred to the ministry of justice.

    Prison staff members who are suspected of breaking the law will be investigated by the financial crimes squad (SDOE), while the working hours of prison staff will be increased from 34.5 hours a week to 37.5 hours.amna

    Roupakiotis announced that a legislation soon to be approved will allow individuals serving life sentences for embezzlement to have their sentences reduced if they agree to return the entire sum they have embezzled.

    Also, the justice ministry is considering transforming an abandoned army camp into a detention facility for individuals serving minor sentences of less than two years for petty financial crimes.amna

    The minister also announced the cessation of prosecution against individuals accused of offenses punishable with up to one year in prison, except in cases concerning a refusal to pay alimony and in labour dispute cases.

    Unexploded hand-grenades found outside Trikala prison perimeter

    Army bomb disposal experts on Wednesday destroyed two hand grenades found outside the Trikala Prison from where 11 convicts had escaped on March 22. The hand grenades were found during a continuing investigation by the bomb disposal team outside the prison perimeter.

    Meanwhile, in an abandoned van used by the escaped convicts and their accomplices in the jailbreak, police found and seized bullets and parts of hand grenades.amna

    [02] FTSE Group keeps ASE in developed market category

    AMNA - FTSE Group maintained the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE) in the developed market category following completion of its regular evaluation of the Greek capital market.

    In a statement, FTSE Group said it maintained Greece in a watch list for a possible downgrade to emerging market during its next regular evaluation of the market in September.

    FTSE Group said that Greek authorities continued slowly implementing the development of a new regulatory regime and noted that although many of these changes reflected progress towards aligning with the rest developed markets, international investors have noticed that these reforms do not fully respond to market practices.amna

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