N17 con­vict dis­ap­pears on fur­lough

Huge man­hunt un­der way af­ter Christodou­los Xeros fails to re­port to po­lice

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Po­lice launched a na­tion­wide man­hunt yes­ter­day af­ter con­victed Novem­ber 17 mem­ber Christodou­los Xeros failed to re­port in as part of his fur­lough obli­ga­tions, prompt­ing au­thor­i­ties to say they will re­view the rights of in­mates serv­ing time for ter­ror­ism and other se­ri­ous crimes.

Xeros, 55, was granted a nine-day fur­lough on Jan­uary 1 but failed to re­port to po­lice yes­ter­day af­ter do­ing so reg­u­larly on the pre­vi­ous days, prompt­ing the alert. He has been serv­ing mul­ti­ple life terms at Ko­ry­dal­los Prison in Athens. His lawyer Frangiskos Ragousis in­ter­preted Xeros’s dis­ap­pear­ance as “a po­lit­i­cal es­cape... in line with his rev­o­lu­tion­ary ac­tion.”

Re­act­ing to the news, Jus­tice Min­is­ter Har­alam­bos Athana­siou said au­thor­i­ties would re-ex­am­ine laws on is­su­ing fur­loughs to those con­victed for ter­ror­ism and other se­ri­ous crimes and her­alded the cre­ation of a new high-se­cu­rity prison for dan­ger­ous crim­i­nals “within 100 days.” In a meet­ing with Pres­i­dent Karolos Papou­lias, Pub­lic Or­der Min­is­ter Nikos Den­dias said do­mes­tic ter­ror­ism was “a sig­nif­i­cant dan­ger for the coun­try.”

Po­lice are be­lieved to be in­ves­ti­gat­ing pos­si­ble links be­tween Xeros and other groups amid fears of a resur­gence in do­mes­tic ter­ror­ism. In an In­ter­net state­ment, jailed mem­bers of Con­spir­acy of the Cells of Fire, another guer­rilla group, ex­pressed sol­i­dar­ity with Xeros and said “the time to at­tack has come.”

The au­thor­i­ties have in­ten­si­fied ef­forts to crack down on ter­ror­ism fol­low­ing an at­tack last week on Ger­man Am­bas­sador Wolf­gang Dold’s Athens res­i­dence. Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the pos­si­ble in­volve­ment of Nikos Mazi­o­tis, a con­victed ter­ror­ist who has been at large since sum­mer 2012 af­ter fail­ing to re­turn from fur­lough.

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