Xeros’ suspected accomplices given more time to prepare testimony

An investigating magistrate on Friday gave an extension, until Saturday, to two suspected accomplices of November 17 convict Christodoulos Xeros, a 54-year-old former police officer and a 37-year-old Albanian convict.

The two suspects were arrested earlier this week in a village near Kalamata in the Peloponnese. They are believed to have taken refuge in a house belonging to the 54-year-old in the village of Hotasia following Xeros’s arrest earlier this month outside the latter’s hideout in Anavyssos, southeast of Athens.

Both men are alleged to have been accomplices in an alleged plot by Xeros 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. The 54-year-old is alleged to have 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.

According to police, the 37-year-old had posed as a navy officer – using the name Theoharis Chrysakis – to rent the Anavysoss property on behalf of Xeros.

Both of the suspects have denied charges of membership of a terrorist organization and the manufacture of explosives.