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Alleged Palaicostas aide among 22 people arrested in police crackdown

Police detained a total of 22 people following a raid on the administrative headquarters of Athens University on Friday morning which ended a 19-day sit-in of the institution.

Apart from 14 anti-establishment protesters who were on the university grounds, the police also detained four people believed to be linked to the sit-in, three Greeks and a Polish national, and another four people following clashes with police in nearby Exarchia.

Of the latter four, one was identified as Polykarpos Georgiadis, a suspected accomplice of the wanted bank robber Vassilis Palaiocostas. Georgiadis was convicted for his part in the abduction of industrialist Giorgos Myloans in 2008 and was subsequently given conditional release. In October last year, he was stopped at Athens International Airport where he had tried to check in for a flight to Belgium.