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Fugitive Makis Psomiadis Arrested in Skopje

After an international arrest warrant pending against him, month-long and coordinated investigations, a successful arrest by the Greek Counter-terrorism Unit this September and an unexplained temporary release verdict by the Greek court right afterwards, Greece’s most wanted fugitive Makis Psomiadis was arrested once again; this time in a central coffee shop in Skopje.
The former Chairman of Kavala FC had been charged with direct involvement in a match-fixing scandal that broke out earlier this year in Greece and illegal betting. He had been 3 months on the run before getting arrested for the first time in Sounio in mid September.
This time, the 55-year-old was tracked down by Skopje police officers while enjoying his cigar and coffee. According to police information, he was casually dressed and shaved unlike in all his other public appearances.
The Skopje police traced him after monitoring his cell-phone, which the Greek fugitive used in order to get in touch with people in Greece including his son.
Authorities in Skopje changed information and collaborated with the Greek Police and the Greek National Intelligence Service in order to proceed with the arrest.
His first arrest turned into a fiasco for the Greek Justice after a dispute between the investigator and the prosecutor concerning the criminal treatment of Psomiadis gave the accused the unique opportunity of fleeing the country.
Now the extradition process is expected to commence so that Psomiadis can finally appear before court.

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