Po­lice search homes for link to fugi­tive Xeros

US State Depart­ment ex­presses con­cern, urges Athens to net N17 mem­ber soon

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Po­lice searched the homes of self­styled an­ar­chists and rel­a­tives of fugi­tive Novem­ber 17 mem­ber Christodou­los Xeros in Athens and Thes­sa­loniki yes­ter­day as the US State Depart­ment urged the Greek gov­ern­ment to catch him as soon as pos­si­ble.

Anti-ter­ror­ism squad of­fi­cers searched eight houses in Athens, lead­ing to the ar­rest of a man for il­le­gally pos­sess­ing a weapon. The sus­pect is known to po­lice as he was ar­rested in 2005 when equip­ment was stolen from riot po­lice in front of PASOK’s head­quar­ters. Po­lice said they found a hand­gun at his apart­ment.

Noth­ing was found dur­ing the searches of other homes, some of which be­longed to peo­ple who have been linked with ur­ban guer­rilla groups in the past.

In Thes­sa­loniki, of­fi­cers searched the prop­er­ties of Xeros’s rel­a­tives and other anti-es­tab­lish­ment ac­tivists. The homes of Xeros’s sis­ter, brother and nephew were searched but noth­ing was found.

Later in the day, a State Depart­ment of­fi­cial ex­pressed Wash­ing­ton’s con­cern about Xeros’s dis­ap­pear­ance. “We are deeply con­cerned that con­victed ter­ror­ist Christodou­los Xeros, a cen­tral mem­ber of the 17 Novem­ber ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion that killed five US mis­sion em­ploy­ees, re­mains at large and is now al­legedly is­su­ing re­newed calls for vi­o­lence,” he said. “We re­main en­gaged with Greek of­fi­cials con­cern­ing this case. We con­tinue to call on the Greek Gov­ern­ment to lo­cate Xeros and re­turn him to prison.”

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