Saturday, January 30, 2010
Letter from vasilis Paleokosta in Eleftherotypia greek news paper in athens
First registration: Saturday, January 30, 2010, 18:58
In a letter to "stream" the newspaper "Sunday Eleftherotypia, Vassilis Palaiokostas gives his version of the chase took place in Alepochori last April, nearly two months after his escape from prison of Korydallos helicopter.
Vassilis Palaiokostas in his letter, refers to "physical extermination plan" from ΕΛ.ΑΣ and stresses that the police opened fire in Alepochori, throwing more than 150 bullets in order to kill him.
She blames the way the media (especially electronic) covered the event, the transaction ΕΛ.ΑΣ and made extensive reference to the unacceptable conditions of detention 13,000 prisoners. Also deplores the police violence and arbitrary killings and unjust convictions, and particularly young people.
At the end of his letter, Vassilis Palaiokostas gives a quiz for the Secretary of Citizen Protection, Michael Chrysohoides describing the inter-alia, as "deputy sheriff of a mountain village" and "passionate believer who loves the katadotismou informers and bounty ' while referring to the journalists say about the quiz: "Police officers who reported the find to enter the draw for an exclusive interview.
Below the signature and fingerprint by Vasilis Paleokosta.
Saturday, January 30, 2010
GREECE'S most wanted man has been arrested and linked to the kidnapping of a prominent industrialist, prompting a double celebration for police.
Vassilis Palaiokostas was nabbed in northern Greece this week, two years after his audacious prison escape in a hijacked helicopter.
He has been unveiled as the mastermind behind the kidnapping of multi-millionaire businessman George Mylonas, a crime that has ultimately brought him undone.
"We arrested Greece's most wanted fugitive last night. Evidence shows he is also involved in Greek businessman George Mylonas's kidnapping," a police official confirmed.
Police finally caught up with the escapee after raiding a house in Salonica in connection to the abduction of Mr Mylonas.
Three hooded men had snatched Mr Mylonas, 49, as he drove to his home in the same city in June.
He was released unharmed 13 days later, after his family paid a reported $19 million ransom.
Investigators tracked down his kidnappers after one of the men used traceable bills to buy a car.
The arrest has ended a remarkable chapter in the country's criminal history.
Palaiokostas, 44, and his brother, Nikos, 47, are lifelong criminals with a penchant for armed robbery and extortion who are regarded as Robin Hood figures.
Helping to curry favour during years on the run, they had shared some of their ill-gotten gains with the poor.
In 2006, Vassilis Palaiokostas was languishing behind bars in the maximum-security Korydallos Prison, located outside Athens and home to 2000 of the country's most dangerous prisoners.
He was serving a 25-year sentence for bank robbery and for kidnapping the owner of a factory that made halva, the Greek dessert.
The businessman in that case was released unharmed after the payment of a $2 million ransom, laying the foundations for Mr Mylonas's kidnapping and a much larger payout.
In an episode ripped from the script of a Hollywood blockbuster, his brother and an accomplice hijacked a sight-seeing helicopter and forced the pilot to land inside the prison.
Vassilis and another inmate boarded the helicopter as his brother threw smoke grenades to provide cover. Confused guards initially believed they were undergoing a surprise inspection and then declined to fire a shot in anger.
"We cannot shoot down a helicopter flying over busy streets and houses," one guard explained.
Under threat from a pistol and grenade, the terrified pilot dropped the group at a nearby cemetery, where witnesses saw them flee on waiting motorbikes.
Vassilis's brother, Nikos, knew the prison inside out - he had broken out of Korydallos in 1990 and was still on the run 16 years later.
Nikos had originally been jailed for a series of bank robberies but was also charged in absentia with the same kidnapping as his brother.
He was captured soon after breaking his brother out of prison.
Police nabbed him after a dramatic car chase through the mountains of central Greece, and he is serving an 87-year sentence.
Although he had a stash of weapons on him when arrested, Nikos was no killer and had to be caught without the aid of informers, with a million-dollar reward going unclaimed.
Vassilis remained on the run until police investigating Mr Mylonas's kidnapping hunted him down this week.
Anarchists solidarity protest outside Korydallos prison, the main prison in Athens, at the time of the change of the year. This protest happens every New Year's Eve for the past six years. This year more than 400 people took part in the protest that interacted with the prisoners inside through shouting mutual slogans and fireworks. The main slogan was "The passion for freedom is stronger that your prisons".
A society that punishes/the condition of incarceration/the prison of the mind/the prison as punishment/the rage of the damned will sound on the ruins of prisons/those denying obedience and misery of our era even within its hellholes/will dance together on the ruins of every last prison/with the flame of rebellion avenging whatever creates prisons.
To the prisoners struggle already counting one dead and thousands in hunger strike across greece, we stand in solidarity and anger until the destruction of every last prison.
ARSON AND WILDFIRE FOR EVERY PRISON
SOLIDARITY TO ALL PRISONERS IN GREECE
VIDEO FROM THE COMRADES IN THE SUPERMARKET IN SALONIKI 15/6
About 30 anarchists with helmets and hoods went into the supermarketnear the university of Saloniki and destroyed the security system! They took the foodstuff from the shelves and also took the moneyfrom the cash desk and burnt it outside the supermarket!nobody arrested!!
IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF ANARCHIST REVOLUTIONARIES
AND TO ANARCHIST KOSTANDINA KARAKATSANI
(accused for being members of Conspiracy of cells of fire)
Solidarity to urban guerillas Kostas Gournas, Nikos Maziotis, Pola Roupa
and to anarchists, Christophoros Kortesis, Sarantos Nikitopoulos, Vaggelis Stathopoulos
that are prosecuted for the "Revolutionary Struggle" case
Comrade salutes to urban guerilla Dimitris Koufodinas
and the unrepentant of the "17th November" group.
Solidarity to the inprisoned anarchists Simos Seisidis, Giannis Dimitrakis,
Michal Pawlak (polish comrade that is inprisoned in koridallos prisons for the events on 6/12/09,
Polikarpos Gewrgiadis, Christos Stratigopoulos, Alfredo Bonnano, Ilias Nikolaou and Aris Seirinidis
HONOUR TO URBAN GUERILLA LAMBROS FOUNDAS
Against the state, prison, capital.