Po­lice are ‘clos­ing in’ on N17’s Xeros

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Po­lice sources in­di­cated yes­ter­day that the force was clos­ing in on con­victed Novem­ber 17 ter­ror­ist Christodou­los Xeros, who re­mained at large late last night af­ter vi­o­lat­ing a prison fur­lough.

Jus­tice Min­is­ter Har­alam­bos Athana­siou and Pub­lic Or­der Min­is­ter Nikos Den­dias vis­ited the Max­i­mos Man­sion yes­ter­day evening to brief Prime Min­is­ter An­to­nis Sa­ma­ras on the progress of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Coun­tert­er­ror­ism of­fi­cers yes- ter­day ques­tioned Ali­cia Romero, the Span­ish girl­friend of Xeros’s brother, Sav­vas, as well as a young teacher who is al­leged to have be­come in­volved with Xeros dur­ing his pre­vi­ous fur­loughs. Ac­cord­ing to un­con­firmed re­ports, po­lice searched the cen­tral Athens homes of both women.

A po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion that is try­ing to piece to­gether Xeros’s move­ments since Sun­day, which was the last time he re­ported to po­lice in Halkidiki, north­ern Greece, in line with his fur­lough obli­ga­tions, sug­gests the 55-year-old went to Thes­sa­loniki be­fore trav­el­ing on to Athens, where he vis­ited his sis­ter at her home near At­tikis Square. The teacher, who Xeros is be­lieved to have met dur­ing a visit to his na­tive is­land of Icaria, is said to live in the same area.

Po­lice be­lieve that Xeros trav­eled to Athens in a car be­ing driven by his nephew and sources in­di­cated yes­ter­day that the pair can be seen in footage from a se­cu­rity cam­era at one of the toll gates on the Athen­sThes­sa­loniki na­tional high­way.

The nephew is al­leged to have told po­lice that he was not aware that driv­ing his un­cle to Athens con­sti­tuted a vi­o­la­tion of the con­di­tions of Xeros’s fur­lough and claimed Xeros had told him he in­tended to visit some friends be­fore re­turn­ing to Ko­ry­dal­los Prison, where he was serv­ing mul­ti­ple life sen­tences.

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