Christodoulos Xeros, convicted member of the terrorist organization November 17, has absconded after been granted leave to visit his family. His brother, Savvas Xeros, who was also a member of the organization is in hospital in Larissa, Greece.
The Hellenic Police and Anti-Terrorist Unit raised the alarm when Christodoulos, who had received 9 days leave to visit his family, failed to appear yesterday at Kallikrateia police station as scheduled.
He had been on leave since January 1 and was supposed to report daily at the Kallikrateia police station in Chalkidiki, where his sister resides. He reported as required until Monday, the day of the Epiphany, when he failed to appear at the police station. The police have been mobilized to arrest him on charges of violating his detainee license.
Speaking to the Greek radio station SKAI, his lawyer Frangiskos Ragkousis said that this is a “political decision, consistent with Xeros’ revolutionary profile and love for freedom.” He added, “He is true to his beliefs,” and furthermore that, “today we live, today we fight.” Despite this he clarified that he has not been in contact with his client.
Government spokesman Simos Kedikoglou who spoke at the same radio station soon after, said that he was appalled by the statement and stressed the importance of not treating convicted terrorists as ordinary prisoners. He expressed his confidence that the police will soon have Xeros back in custody.
According to Greek news, Xeros had recently taken seven short leave’s of absence from prison. During the last he breached the terms of his licence. A warrant for his arrest has been issued by the police who are currently looking for him in Chalkidiki and Thessaloniki. His leave of absence expires tomorrow, when he should have returned to Korydallos prison.
Special security measures have also been put in place at the hospital in Larissa where his brother Savvas, also a convicted member of November 17, is being treated.