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Detainee lost after ‘escape’

There were no signs yesterday of a 44-year-old man who disappeared from a seaside town in the Peloponnese on Saturday after diving into the sea to escape police officers. Giorgos Paraskevas had distributed leaflets in Katakolo, Ilia, criticizing local authorities a few days before the mayor of Pirgos was due to give a speech in the town. The mayor, Gavrilis Liatsis, filed a complaint with a prosecutor, who ordered police to bring Paraskevas in for questioning. It is alleged the protester suffered from mental problems. Police detained Paraskevas on Saturday, just as the mayor was about to give his speech. However, the detainee allegedly jumped out of the police car when it was held up by the crowd that had gathered to hear the speech. Paraskevas is then said to have run to a pier and jumped into the sea. He has not been seen since.