Police name suspects in 169-mln robbery

Police yesterday named two suspects in one of the biggest holdups in recent years. Three robbers held up an accountant at Delta dairy premises in Athens’s Tavros district and made off with 169 million drachmas on June 10, a Sunday. Dimitris Kapes-Kapetanakis, 37, Giorgos Bais, 39, and a third, unnamed robber are now being sought. Kapes-Kapetanakis is a member of one of Greece’s most notorious criminal gangs, known as the Crime Syndicate, which has been implicated in 11 murders, armed robberies and extortion. He is suspected of having killed in 1994 the gang’s executioner, Vassilis Souflas, whose body was found in 1996. Kapes-Kapetanakis disappeared early last June after being called to testify before a prosecutor investigating Souflas’s murder. He left the Athens court complex as the prosecutor deliberated with an investigating magistrate whether to order his detention. This month, excavator Christina Televantou discovered 10 ships between 20-30 centimeters in length incised on the outer face of the settlement’s defensive wall – which stands up to two meters high. The vessels, have extravagantly high, curved sterns and lower prows.

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