Robbers from fatal shootout remanded

The two Albanian criminals involved in Tuesday’s shootout with police, which caused the death of a 25-year-old passer-by, were remanded in custody yesterday after appearing before an investigating magistrate. The two serial robbers, one of whom is a fugitive from Larissa jail, were taken to Korydallos Prison, in Athens. According to sources, the 30-year-old fugitive admitted to his part in armed raids on 12 banks and several firms, often using sledgehammers to smash store facades, as well as a string of burglaries. He and his accomplice fired Kalashnikov assault rifles at police upon emerging from their hideout in Vyronas, eastern Athens, on Tuesday. But, according to a coroner, it was the bullets from a police gun that killed the 25-year-old plumber. The magistrate who heard the robbers’ testimony is to receive a file on the Vyronas shootout in the next few days.