Greece: police launch search for 'November 17' convict

07 January, 12:13

    (ANSAmed) – ATHENS, JANUARY 7 – Greek police in the north of the country have launched a manhunt after a convicted member of the November 17 Revolutionary Organisation terrorist group who was on seven days' leave from prison appears to have gone on the run, as Eleftherotypia online reports. Christodoulos Xiros, 55, who is serving six consecutive life sentences plus an additional 25 years for his involvement in six murders, bombings and robberies, was given licence to leave Korydallos prison in Piraeus on New Year's day and was due to return to jail on Tuesday. Under the terms of his licence, he was to report daily to police at Nea Kallikratia, on the Halkidiki peninsula near the northern city of Thessaloniki, where he had said he would stay with his sister. But he failed to show up on Monday, leading police to launch a search for him in Halkidiki and Thessaloniki on Monday evening. Statements made by Xiros' lawyer suggest that he has gone on the run. "He was able and got away like every revolutionary must do," Frangiskos Ragousis told Skai TV on Tuesday morning. Xiros was one of three brothers - whose father was a priest - arrested and convicted for their role in the group's 27-year-long campaign of killings and bombings. The group was smashed in 2002 when Christodoulos' brother, Savvas, 52, an icon painter, was captured after being seriously injured when the bomb he was apparently attempting to plant in Athens exploded prematurely. (ANSAmed).

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