Counterterrorism unit focuses attention on a fake identification card which Nikos Maziotis was carrying when arrested, in order to locate his hideout and, possibly, a small arms depot or a garage
The fake ID used by Revolutionary Struggle leader Nikos Maziotis Police are seeking the public’s help in tracing the movements of Nikos Maziotis, the fugitive leader of Revolutionary Struggle armed leftist group, who was apprehended on Wednesday after a dramatic shootout in central Athens. He had been two years on the run from the authorities.
The counterterrorism unit is focusing its attention on a fake identification card which Maziotis was carrying when arrested, in order to locate his hideout and, possibly, a small arms depot or a garage.
According to the chief of the police, Lieutenant General Dimitris Tsaknakis, Maziotis was carrying a fake ID under the name Michail Michelakis, son of Nikolas and Archontia, whose date of birth was given as 16 April 1977 in Athens.
In 2013, this ID was used to purchase a silver Hyundai Accent car with the registration number YHT 2959, which seemingly was being used by Maziotis and appears similar to the car used by him and his accomplices in an armed robbery in Klitoria, near Kalavryta, in the northwestern Peloponnese in March, during which a policeman was shot and injured.
Tsaknakis appealed to the public for any information related to the false identity assumed by Maziotis – which he may have used to rent houses or other spaces – or to the car, by calling the counterterrorism squad on 1014 or 10414.
The police chief praised his officers for their composure during Wednesday’s shootout and said only two tourists, from Australia and Germany, had sustained light injuries. The young Australian man suffered a minor injury to his ankle from a ricochet, while the German tourist had already continued with his cruise. Maziotis had fired at police on busy streets but they did not respond, he said.
Tsaknakis said that Maziotis shot eight shots using a USB handgun, while policemen fired a single shot wounding him only when they were away from busy areas.
The chief added that according to police investigations, it has been confirmed that Maziotis took part in a robbery at Methana Trizinias, eastern Peloponnese.
The fake ID was used to buy this silver Hyundai Accent car, registration number YHT 2959, in 2013 Maziotis will also be charged with the attack in April on the Bank of Greece, for which he has already assumed political responsibility.
Tsaknakis publicly thanked every single policeman involved in the identification and apprehension of Maziotis, especially for their professionalism and high sense of responsibility.
The shot that hit Maziotis caused severe damage to his arm. After his arrest, he underwent orthopaedic surgery at Evangelismos hospital in Athens, in an operation that lasted more than 2.5 hours.
According to his surgeons, he will likely need a follow-up operation next week, and possibly a third – neurosurgical – operation later on. They estimate that the injured man will have to remain hospitalised for at least 15 days.
Maziotis will remain heavily guarded on the eighth floor of the hospital, in a specially adapted maximum security room.