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Nikos Palaiocostas…

Nikos Palaiocostas, the fugitive robber captured earlier this month, is escorted by police before facing an appeals court prosecutor yesterday. The 45-year-old convict was discharged from Athens’s Laiko Hospital where he was being treated for an arm injury he sustained during his arrest. There are 68 outstanding warrants and convictions against him, amounting to some 80 years’ imprisonment, issued during the 16 years that he had eluded capture. Palaiocostas, who was wanted for a string of robberies and a kidnapping, told police that he had not been involved in planning the spectacular prison break of his brother Vassilis. He also claimed not to be aware of the whereabouts of his brother, who escaped from Korydallos Prison in June after a helicopter flew him and a fellow convict out of the jail yard.