‘Syntagma archer’ escapes from Tyrintha prison


Yiannis Michalidis, an alleged member of the urban guerrilla group Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire, has escaped from the agricultural prison of Tyrintha in the Peloponnese.

Michailidis, who was accused in connection with an armed bank robbery in Vevento, northern Greece, in February 2013, was in 2015 given a 13-year prison sentence over an armed attack on members of the police force’s immediate response unit in Pefki, northern Athens.

He had been previously detained during a protest rally in Syntagma in February 2011 after he tried to shoot at police with a bow-and-arrow. He had since been dubbed the “Syntagma archer.”

Police are investigating the escape which is believed to have taken place late Thursday.