Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 27 August 2014

Prison guards foil air escape bid

An attempted prison break has been foiled in Greece

Greek prison guards have foiled an escape attempt by helicopter involving at least four inmates, with one of them being shot.

Authorities have identified only one of the prospective escapees, Panagiotis Vlastos, a convicted murderer and racketeer serving a life term. They say at least three other prisoners, all Albanian nationals, were also involved in the escape attempt, but have not released their names.

The Justice Ministry has announced that a helicopter carrying four passengers approached the prison in the central city of Trikala and someone inside opened fire on the guards. The helicopter was forced to land outside the prison wall and its occupants have been arrested.

Prison authorities say Vlastos was shot in the leg by guards during the escape attempt.

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