Thes­sa­loniki man, 55, sentenced to 20 years

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A 55-year-old man in Thes­sa­loniki was sentenced to 20 years in jail yes­ter­day for tak­ing hostages at a Ger­man school in the north­ern Greek city in 2009. Costas Ara­batzis kid­napped the school’s head­mas­ter and ad­min­is­tra­tor, as well as a teacher, ask­ing for 10 mil­lion euros in ran­som. He had threat­ened to blow up the build­ing if his de­mand was not met but even­tu­ally turned him­self in to po­lice. Ara­batzis had been con­victed for a sim­i­lar as­sault at the same school in 2006 but was granted early re­lease from prison based on good con­duct.

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