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Vavilis is poised to come back

Apostolos Vavilis, a drug dealer who is thought to hold the answers to a series of shady deals involving the scandal-ridden Church of Greece, the police and foreign secret services, could be on his way back to Greece soon, the Athens News Agency (ANA) reported yesterday. Vavilis was arrested in Italy last April after apparently going on the run from authorities as one of the most wanted men in Greece. Since his arrest, he has been serving an outstanding seven-year jail sentence in Italy for heroin smuggling. Last May, Greece applied to have Vavilis extradited and, according to the ANA, Italian authorities have now accepted the request. This means that the former fugitive is likely to return to Greece within the next few weeks. Vavilis has been accused of a number of crimes and misdemeanors by Greek judicial authorities, including forgery, false impersonation, breach of state secrets, fraud, embezzlement, theft, perjury and defamation.