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Korydallos Prison escape plan clues pieced together

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A plan for several high-ranking Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire urban guerrillas to break out of the Greek capital’s Korydallos Prison was probably orchestrated by another inmate with ties to the criminal underbelly of Athens’s nightclub scene, a council of appeals court judges has concluded.

“The powerful nightlife figure… provided the right people with the right means to implement the escape plan,” the judges found, following their investigation of evidence uncovered in the wake of the arrest of fugitive November 17 terrorist Christodoulos Xeros in January last year.

Their ruling does not name the inmate, but says that he is connected to “cases of fuel smuggling and bomb attacks in the framework of a settling of scores among criminal proponents.”

It also suggests that he recommended an associate to the inmates looking to escape who was to build an explosive powerful enough to break through the prison’s outer wall.