Kostaris also given fur­lough

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Another con­victed mem­ber of the Novem­ber 17 ter­ror­ist group was reg­u­larly granted fur­lough, in­clud­ing to at­tend IT classes in Athens, Kathimerini has learned. Irak­lis Kostaris was given nor­mal fur­lough and study leave to at­tend lessons at a tech­ni­cal col­lege, it emerged. He was also part of a team of 50 in­mates re­spon­si­ble for mak­ing and de­liv­er­ing bread to hos­pi­tals and pris­ons around the coun­try. Since the dis­ap­pear­ance of fel­low N17 mem­ber Christodou­los Xeros, Kostaris has been moved back to Ko­ry­dal­los Prison and his fur­lough can­celed. Xeros, who is serv­ing six con­sec­u­tive life sen­tences plus an ad­di­tional 25 years in prison for his role in six as­sas­si­na­tions as well as other ter­ror­ist ac­tiv­i­ties, has been on the run since Jan­uary 17. Kostaris is serv­ing a life sen­tence for his role in the ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Trial in­ter­rupted.

The trial of two men charged with the mur­der of Pak­istani na­tional Luqman Shahzad in Jan­uary, 2013, in Pe­tralona, cen­tral Athens, was sus­pended yes­ter­day af­ter mem­bers of anti-fas­cist or­ga­ni­za­tions attacked the sus­pects in the court­room. The trial was post­poned to Jan­uary 31 as the de­fen­dants’ le­gal teams left the premises in protest. Pros­e­cu­tors charge that the killing was racially mo­ti­vated, while both sus­pects have de­nied ties to Golden Dawn.

Baby ring.

Po­lice in Mag­nisia, cen­tral Greece, yes­ter­day ar­rested seven sus­pected mem­bers of an il­le­gal adop­tion ring. The sus­pects, two Greeks and five Bul­gar­ian na­tion­als, were de­tained af­ter po­lice of­fi­cers found out that mem­bers of the racket were al­legedly plan­ning to sell an 11-day-old Bul­gar­ian baby to a Greek cou­ple. Ac­cord­ing to early re­ports, one of the Greek sus­pects is a lawyer, while the other is a for­mer coast guard of­fi­cer.

Brother pimp.

An 18-year-old Roma man was ar­rested in Kavala, east­ern Mace­do­nia, yes­ter­day on sus­pi­cion of act­ing as a pimp for his 17year-old sis­ter. The teenager was taken into cus­tody af­ter he ar­ranged a meet­ing be­tween an un­der­cover po­lice­man pos­ing as a po­ten­tial cus­tomer and his sis­ter. The 18-year-old ac­cepted a pay­ment of 1,100 eu­ros in re­turn for let­ting his sis­ter stay with the would-be client for two months. Ac­cord­ing to po­lice, the 17-year-old had ac­cepted the ar­range­ment as well.

Keep­ing the faith.

Mano­lis Karamolegos, a baked goods com­pany owner who was kid­napped on Tues­day but man­aged to con­vince one his ab­duc­tors – a Moldovan na­tional who al­legedly led the crim­i­nal ring – to re­lease him less than 24 hours later, said that his faith had en­abled him to sur­vive the or­deal.

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