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4 at Prison Suspended After Helicopter Escape

THE WORLD | IN BRIEF / GREECE

June 06, 2006|From Times Wire Reports

The governor of Greece's largest prison and three guards were suspended after two convicts escaped on a helicopter hijacked by a suspected bank robber, officials said.

Justice Minister Anastasios Papaligouras accused officials at the maximum-security Korydallos Prison, west of Athens, of "lack of professionalism" leading to Sunday's breakout.

Police have launched a search for Nikos Palaiokostas, 46, who with an unidentified accomplice allegedly forced the pilot to fly to the prison. Palaiokostas' brother Vassilis, 40, and Albanian Alket Rizai, 32, escaped.

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