Bank robber remains coy

Accused bank robber Yiannis Dimitrakis admitted to police that he took part in a bank heist earlier this month but denied charges of attempted murder and did not say who he was working with, sources told Kathimerini yesterday. Dimitrakis, aged 28, is under police guard at Athens General Hospital after his alleged involvement in a holdup of a National Bank branch in central Athens ended with three people being shot. Dimitrakis testified before a magistrate and admitted to the robbery and to possessing and using a firearm but stopped short of accepting the attempted murder charge, sources said. The suspect refused to shed any light on the motives of the theft or on his accomplices and spoke only about the charges being pressed against him. Dimitrakis, who has been connected with anarchist groups, will be remanded in prison next week once he is able to leave the hospital. Meanwhile, a police manhunt for fellow suspect Simeon Seisidis, who remains at large, is continuing.

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