Former deputy attorney-general Rikkos Erotokritou was released from jail earlier than expected after parliament unanimously passed a law in May changing the parole criteria, it emerged on Friday.
Daily Phileleftheros reported on Friday that Erotokritou’s early release was made possible by an amendment tabled by DISY MP Giorgos Georgiou and voted by all the parties in the plenum on May 18.
Erotokritou was released on August 3, after 17 months into a 3.5-year jail sentence for corruption.
He took advantage of the change, which provides that the parole board can take into account the reduction in the sentence that has been granted or is expected to be granted due to good behaviour.
Under the previous provisions, prisoners could only apply for parole after completing half the sentence imposed by a court.
According to Georgiou, the aim was to have better discipline, smoother readmission into society, strengthening family ties, and reform in general since they will be working outside.
The change would also help decongest the Central Prison.
Despite being invited, the attorney-general’s office did not send a representative to the parliamentary committee that discussed the issue during three sessions.
Erotokritou was looking at spending the rest of 2018 behind bars under the previous regime and either secure early release through a presidential pardon or apply for parole on completion of 21 months in jail.
He was jailed in March 2017 for conspiring to subvert the course of justice and bribery while serving as deputy attorney-general in 2013.
In recent months, the former deputy attorney-general was allowed to work outside the prison during the day.