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Convict, on furlough, caught for armed raid

An inmate serving a life sentence in Corfu prison, who was on a weeklong furlough, has been arrested along with a Bulgarian in connection with the armed robbery of a postman in northern Greece last week, which netted 66,000 euros, police said yesterday. The two men are accused of carrying out the robbery in the prefecture of Pella last Monday – two days before the unnamed Greek prisoner was due to return to jail to serve the rest of his sentence for manslaughter, kidnapping and blackmail. Officers said the men were in possession of some 24,000 euros, a gun, a wig and bank deposit books when they were arrested. The suspects are also thought to have stolen a van prior to the robbery and police said that the Greek man had rented an apartment, and bought furniture and a motorcycle with part of the money he allegedly stole.