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Several Greeks were alleged to be involved in Mokbel’s escape.

By Mary Kouinoglou

George Elias of Greek descent last week pleaded guilty to helping the accused murderer Mokbel flee while he was on bail. He now faces the charges of conspiring and perverting the course of justice. The 41-year old man let the fugitive hide out at his Bonnie Doon shack for seven months after he failed to appear at a Supreme Court hearing on March 20, 2006. He also accompanied Mokbel on a four-day drive across Australia during his escape, along with four other people, including two women and a baby.
The group of six had to travel to Western Australia, where a boat was waiting for Mokbel to whisk him to Greece in November 2006.  Three Greek sailors were enlisted to skipper the vessel. A Greek associate had bought Edwena, the17m motor yacht, in preparation for the escape from a private owner in Sydney for $330,000.  The yacht was registered in the names of Angela Verykios, also known as Nissirios and the company Levander Shipping, whose director is George Angelakis, both of Greek descent. Angela Verykios was one of the women who traveled with Mokbel in Western Australia and George Angelakis was with Mokbel when Greek police swooped on the runaway in an Athens cafe in June last year.

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