Passaris victim’s kin sue for compensation

Relatives of a policeman killed by the criminal who, until his arrest in Romania last month, was Greece’s most wanted man have raised a 350-million-drachma negligence suit against the state for the policeman’s death. Sergeant Dionyssios Alevizopoulos, a 49-year-old father of two, was one of the two police escorts killed by Costas Passaris – a 26-year-old detained in Athens’s Korydallos prison pending trial for armed robberies and other violent crimes – when he shot his way out of the Athens General State Hospital in February. Passaris had been sent to hospital for medical examinations. It is not known how or when he acquired a gun. Five of Alevizopoulos’s relatives claim that negligence of police and prison officials allowed Passaris to escape. An army mine-clearing unit pulled out the dead and wounded.