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article imageOp-Ed: Manhunt for multiple murderer who fled on prison furlough

By Katerina Nikolas     Aug 22, 2012 in World
Police in Greece have launched a manhunt for a multiple murderer who failed to return to prison following a five-day furlough. His escape has prompted the Ministry of Justice to look at changes to the furlough system.
This is not the first time that dangerous criminal Michalis Makriyiannis has escaped whilst enjoying a prison furlough. In 2006 he was on the loose for 15-months after failing to return to Alikarnassos Prison. According to Xpyshygh Makriyiannis was apprehended following that escape, in the company of other criminals "ready to commit robberies, armed with automatic weapons and grenades." Yet once again he was given furlough, his tenth since 2007, this time failing to return to Larissa Prison.
What is extraordinary is Makriyiannis is serving four life sentences for five murders, three attempted murders and several armed robberies.
Ekathimerini reported the Ministry of Justice is now examining changes to the prison furlough system which it has defended as vital for prisoner rehabilitation. It now faces pressure from the Public Order Ministry which has objected to the practice due to the resources needed to hunt and recapture those that fail to return.
The political party Golden Dawn which has a strong interest in keeping criminals off the streets, has criticized the super-progressive policies of Justice Minister Antonis Roupakiotis. They highlighted the pressure which the left exerts over Roupakiotis in attempting to secure the release of Makriyiannis whom it describes as one of the "oldest and most respectable prisoners in Greek prisons of hell."
With Makriyiannis serving as an example of the ludicrous policy of allowing multiple murderers and dangerous criminals to enjoy prison furloughs, it is to be hoped that the Public Order Ministry wins out in its efforts to see the system reformed.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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