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Guard convicted in prison escape

February 26, 2009|Times Wire Reports

A Greek court convicted a prison guard of misdemeanor negligence charges today for failing to stop the helicopter escape of two convicts, but he was released with a three-year suspended sentence.

Three other guards arrested after Sunday's breakout were cleared of all charges.

A police manhunt continued for bank robber Vassilis Paleokostas and murderer Alket Rizaj. The two were whisked out of the Korydallos prison in western Athens aboard a helicopter that had been rented and then hijacked at gunpoint by their accomplices. The pair staged an almost identical escape from the same prison in 2006.

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