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Crime boss Vlastos gets another 26.5 years for apartment bomb

Convicted crime boss Panayiotis Vlastos was given an additional 26.5-year prison sentence on Friday after a court found him guilty of arranging for a bomb to be placed outside an apartment block in Larisa, central Greece, in July 2014, resulting in a blast that caused serious damage but no injuries.

Vlastos’s lawyer attended court for the sentence as the crime boss was tied up defending himself before an investigating magistrate in connection with a huge extortion racket he is alleged to have run from Attica’s Korydallos Prison along with fellow inmates Yiannis Skaftouros and Vassilis Stefanakos.

In the case of the Larisa bomb, the two men found guilty of planting the device outside the apartment were given 30.5 and 6.5 year sentences respectively.

In his defense, Vlastos claimed that he had ordered the bomb to be planted “as a warning” and not to cause injuries or death. The blast caused serious damage to the block and blew out the windows of adjacent buildings.