ATHENS – Greek police are investigating whether one of their own, a former member of the anti-terrorism unit, was an accomplice of November 17 terrorist Christodoulos Xiros, who was apprehended after being on the run as a fugitive.
The 54-year-old man, who was not identified in line with the country’s generally strict privacy laws that protects names unless they are well known or the media wants to report them, had served with the special forces unit (EKAM).
He was arrested in a police operation in Kalamata in the Peloponnese, along with a 37-year-old Albanian national and former convict.
They were caught at a property belonging to the former cop near the village of Hotasia where they were believed to have hidden following Xiros’ arrest earlier this month outside the latter’s hideout in Anavyssos, southeast of Athens.
Both suspects are alleged to have been accomplices in an alleged plot by Xiros to blow a hole into the Korydallos Prison perimeter wall and allow convicted members of the Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire guerrilla group to escape, Kathimerini said.
The former office reportedly had close ties with a convict serving a long term in Korydallos who is believed to have put up the money for the planned breakout.
The other suspect posed as a navy officer – using the name Theoharis Chrysakis – to rent the Anavysoss property on behalf of Xiros, authorities said.
The suspects reportedly denied the charges which have been brought, membership of a terrorist organization and the manufacture and possession of explosives.