Pros­e­cu­tors on spot over Xeros leave

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The two pros­e­cu­tors who sat on the coun­cils that granted prison fur­loughs to Novem­ber 17 con­vict Christodou­los Xeros, who ab­sconded dur­ing a nine-day leave ear­lier this month, are to face dis­ci­plinary ac­tion af­ter a probe sug­gested that the of­fi­cials dis­played gross neg­li­gence.

The de­ci­sion was taken by Supreme Court prose­cu­tor Efterpi Koutza­mani af­ter an in­ves­ti­ga­tion car­ried out by Pi­raeus prose­cu­tor Evan­ge­los Zacharis found that Xeros re­ceived le­nient treat­ment de­spite the fact that he had not ex­pressed re­morse for his ac­tions, had met reg­u­larly with Ko­ry­dal­los in­mates from another guer­rilla or­ga­ni­za­tion, Con­spir­acy of the Cells of Fire, and set fire to his cell on one oc­ca­sion.

The two pros­e­cu­tors face tem­po­rary sus­pen­sion from their du­ties, as do 17 em­ploy­ees of Ko­ry­dal­los who are un­der scru­tiny as part of a broader probe into the treat­ment re­ceived by Xeros while he was at the prison.

A dis­ci­plinary coun­cil is to make the fi­nal de­ci­sion re­gard­ing the pros­e­cu­tors’ fate.

The 55-year-old, who had been serv­ing mul­ti­ple life sen­tences for his part in a se­ries of deadly at­tacks by N17, ap­peared in a video posted online last week pledg­ing a re­turn to ter­ror­ism.

His dis­ap­pear­ance prompted Greek au­thor­i­ties to her­ald a re­view of reg­u­la­tions gov­ern­ing the is­su­ing of fur­loughs for those con­victed of ter­ror­ism and other se­ri­ous crimes af­ter it emerged that the 55-yearold had been granted seven fur­loughs since 2011.

Amid fears of a high-level ter­ror­ist at­tack, the po­lice have in­ten­si­fied a search for the con­vict, raid­ing the homes of his rel­a­tives and hang­outs linked to an­ar­chist and far-left­ist groups for clues as to his pos­si­ble where­abouts.

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