Greek Prisoners Escape in Helicopter
In a Hollywood like prison escape two of Greece's most notorious criminals flew out of the Korydallos prison in Athens, for the second time in three years. Paleokostas and Rizai were days away from standing trial for a similar breakout in 2006 when a helicopter managed to hover over the prison, drop rope ladders and hoist the prisoners to freedom. Guards on the ground open fired while a women in the helicopter fired back with an automatic rifle. Surprisingly enough no one was injured.
Three top Greek officials have been fired and the bank accounts of the prison guards on duty are being checked for possible pay off deposits.
"This [escape] was an insult which I will not accept... I will take measures as harsh as necessary,'' Nikos Dendias, Greece's justice minister said.
The pilot was latter found bound and gagged, claiming he was kidnapped by an armed couple and forced to help fly the helicopter.
Paleokostas was serving a 25-year sentance for kidnapping and bank robbery. His partener in crime, Rizai was serving a sentance for murder and has pending charges for contract killings from the last time he escaped. Both prisoners are still at large but officials are interegating Paleokostas's brother who masterminded the escape in 2006.