Po­lice fear co­op­er­a­tion of Xeros and guer­ril­las

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Anti-ter­ror­ism po­lice of­fi­cers seek­ing the con­victed Novem­ber 17 ter­ror­ist Christodou­los Xeros who ab­sconded last week while on a prison fur­lough ap­pear con­vinced that he had de­vel­oped a close re­la­tion­ship with jailed mem­bers of Con­spir­acy of the Cells of Fire and be­lieve the guer­rilla or­ga­ni­za­tion may have pro­vided the 55-year-old with a hide­out.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice sources, Xeros had “fre­quent” and “close” con­tact with mem­bers of Con­spir­acy of the Cells of Fire in Ko­ry­dal­los Prison where he was serv­ing mul­ti­ple life sen­tences, cul­mi­nat­ing in a New Year’s Eve party the day be­fore Xeros left for his fur­lough.

The con­tacts be­tween Xeros and the jailed guer­ril­las had one key goal, ac­cord­ing to the sources – the re­vival of “rev­o­lu­tion­ary vi­o­lence.”

Po­lice are also said to be in­ves­ti­gat­ing sus­pected ties be­tween jailed mem­bers of the Con­spir­acy group and a con­victed mem­ber of a vi­o­lent crime syn­di­cate smashed by po­lice in 2012 who is serv­ing time at Domokos Prison in cen­tral Greece. It is thought that the lat­ter may have used his con­tacts in Ko­ry­dal­los to help the guer­ril­las jailed there as­sume con­trol of their wing and sup­port Xeros in his bid to elude the au­thor­i­ties.

Ac­cord­ing to se­cu­rity ser­vice of­fi­cials, the crime syn­di­cate con­vict was in fre­quent con­tact with the jailed guer­ril­las with the aim of pro­vid­ing mem­bers of the or­ga­ni­za­tion who re­main at large with weapons to help them re­sume at­tacks.

Con­spir­acy of the Cells of Fire is best known for a par­cel bomb cam­paign in Novem­ber 2010 that tar­geted em­bassies in Athens as well as the of­fices of Euro­pean Union lead­ers in sev­eral for­eign cap­i­tals.

Sources in the po­lice and Pub­lic Or­der Min­istry are wor­ried that Xeros might help mem­bers of Con­spir­acy of the Cells of Fire im­prove their knowl­edge and tech­niques, par­tic­u­larly in the man­u­fac­ture of ex­plo­sives. How­ever, Kathimerini un­der­stands that the au­thor­i­ties do not fear a pos­si­ble col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Xeros and another con­victed ter­ror­ist who has been at large since he ab­sconded while on a fur­lough in sum­mer of 2012, the self­pro­fessed leader of the left­ist Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Strug­gle, Nikos Mazi­o­tis.

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