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Two Inmates Escape Greek Prison


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"Nice helicopter, man, can we have a ride?" "But aren't you prisoners in this jail?" "Oh, no, we're... um... visitors. Yeah, that's right, visitors."


The above dialogue was from Fark.com's coverage of this story.



ATHENS (Reuters) - A helicopter landed in the middle of the high security Athens Korydallos prison, picked up two prisoners and flew away in a Hollywood-style escape that has left Greek police stunned.


A criminal on the run hijacked the helicopter on Sunday to get his brother out of prison, police said. Vassilis Paleokostas, 40, who was serving a 25-year sentence for kidnapping and bank robbery, and an Albanian convict escaped.


"The guards thought it was a surprise inspection by ministry officials and did nothing," a police official said.


The helicopter pilot, who said he was forced at gunpoint to undertake the mission, flew the inmates to a nearby cemetery and they made their escape on motorbikes. Greek police have launched a manhunt for the convicts.

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