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Korydallos Prison - Athens


Korydallos Prison Complex is the main prison of Greece, housing both maximum-security men and women. It is located in Korydallos, Piraeus, about six miles outside of Athens. Its most famous detainees are the November 17th terrorist members. It was also used as the location of the Greek junta trials in 1975, involving members of the military junta that ruled Greece from April 1967 to July 1974. These trials involved the instigators of the coup as well as other junta members of various ranks who took part in the events of the Athens Polytechnic uprising and in the torture of citizens. Amnesty International and other human rights bodies have repeatedly expressed concern about the prison for its overcrowding and inhumane treatment of detainees, especially with regards to the prison medical facility (the only one in Greece). Korydallos prison attracted worldwide attention after inmate Vasilis Paleokostas escaped with a rented helicopter, twice, first in June 2006 and again in February 2009.