Betty Abatielos, british-born wife of Tony Abatielos, a notorious communist new serving a life sentence at Aegina prisons, was not only allowed to come back to Greece by the new Center Union Government, but also was permitted to see her husband for the first time since 1947 outside the prisons' bars.
Betty accompanied by her brother-in-law Nicholas Abatielos arrives at Aegina Island and disembark.
The party heads towards the Island's prisons; in the background the coaster "Saronis" on which they travelled to Aegina.
Betty and her brother-in-law hire a coach to take them to the prisons; they step up.
Betty and Nicholas arrive at the prisons and head towards the gate; a view of the gate of the prisons where some 300 political prisoners serve various sentences.
Betty and Nicholas leave the prisons; the first visit is over.
Heading towards the city and in the background the prisons.
Betty speaks (in background caiques and boats) CU : She says : "Everything has changed since last time i was here ; no policemen are shadowing me anymore; all of the prisoners are happy and hope to be out very soon -- I hope before Christmas".
Betty seen waiting for the second visit of her husband before the gate.
The party is seen again leaving the prisons and walking towards the city of Aegina for their return to Athens.
SCU and CU of Betty speaking : she said : "My husband will complete 16 years in prison on the eve of Christmas; I hope he will be out by then, otherwise we will have to start new struggles; I met and touched my husband for the first time since 1947..."
General view of Aegina Island.
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Background: Betty Abatielos, british-born wife of Tony Abatielos, a notorious communist new serving a life sentence at Aegina prisons, was not only allowed to come back to Greece by the new Center Union Government, but also was permitted to see her husband for the first time since 1947 outside the prisons' bars.Betty visited her husband yesterday afternoon twice, accompanied by her brother-in-law Nicholas Abatielos and some friends.It is noteworthy that Abatielos will be released together with many other political detainees sometime in January after the Law has passed through the Parliament.The new Government contemplates to release all prisoners, except the ones sentenced in accordance with the Law 375 of 1936 which concern those accused of espionage of desertion to the enemy (Communists).