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Rohamis surrenders to face shooting charge

Vangelis Rohamis, Greece’s most famous retired criminal, with convictions for most offenses under the criminal code, turned himself in to a public prosecutor on the island of Evia to face accusations of having shot and wounded a fellow villager during a drunken brawl last week. Police had been seeking the 52-year-old, who was granted a conditional release from Korydallos prison two years ago after spending over 30 years in and out of jail, since last Thursday when he allegedly shot Ioannis Simitzis, 38, outside an ouzo bar near his home village of Lefkandi on Evia. This reportedly followed Simitzis making advances to a barmaid whom Rohamis was also keen on. Simitzis, who was only lightly wounded, later retracted his original statement to claim he did not know his assailant. Upon his release from prison, Rohamis had expressed a desire to write books. He has already written three.