"Greek police vow to recapture great escapers after manhunt is pushed beyond the frontiers".-
Widening their hunt to mountain hideouts, hamlets and hills, police yesterday intensified the search for Greece's most notorious convict, six days after his escape by helicopter from the country's maximum-security Korydallos prison - for the second time in less than three years.
As the cult status of Vasilis Paleokostas, 42, grows by the day, security forces pledged to "pull out all the stops" to unearth the armed robber-cum-kidnapper. Paleokostas, who pulled off the seemingly impossible with his Albanian sidekick, Alket Rizaj, is believed to have gone to ground in the mountain passes of northern Greece. "It's the biggest manhunt ever," a police source said. "We've even extended the search [to Albania and Bulgaria]."
The hunt widened after the security lapse forced the embarrassed Greek prime minister, Costas Karamanlis, to call an emergency cabinet meeting.
Inexplicably, both men were in adjacent cells and allowed to exercise together, even though security measures had been tightened for the pair.
The prison break has piled the pressure on a government still reeling from mass riots, a string of attempted bombings and almost daily protests. Last week five guards were put on trial, with the head of the prison wing receiving a suspended sentence for allowing the building to be turned into a helipad.
"In any other civilised country ministers would have resigned," said Dinos Rovlia, an opposition MP. "In Greece ... the only thing that works is the transport of inmates from Korydallos by plane. Clearly the state and the security service don't exist."
Ολο το δημοσίευμα στα αγγλικά, εδώ.
Φιλοξενούνται και δηλώσεις του βουλευτή του ΠΑΣΟΚ Ντίνου Ρόβλια: «Σε κάθε άλλη πολιτισμένη χώρα θα είχαν υπάρξει παραιτήσεις υπουργών. Στην Ελλάδα το μοναδικό πράγμα που λειτουργεί είναι οι αεροπορικές μεταφορές κρατουμένων από τον Κορυδαλλό".