Xeros, however, violated his 7th furlough when he left prison never to return in 2015. He was arrested about a year later, after he had been involved in terrorist acts including sending parcel bombs.
Christodoulos Xeros escapes and continues with terrorist acts
Xeros, or “Manolis” as was his alias in November 17, was the first member of the group that was arrested. In June 29, 2002 he was with his brother, Savvas Xeros and they were making a makeshift bomb. The device exploded in his brother’s hands, leaving him partially blind. Christodoulos Xeros then confessed that he was a member of the group on July 17, 2002.
The terrorist was then charged for 33 terrorist acts he had committed during his time as a member of the group. He received 6 life sentences, and 25 years in prison for involvement in 6 murders, explosions, robberies and participation in the organization.
Xeros had been granted seven furloughs. However; on the last one that he had received on January 6, 2014, he never returned back to Korydallos Prison. During his escape Xeros participated in a series of terrorist acts, mostly involving the mailing of parcel bombs.
His most serious act was the “Gorgopotamos Project”, an attempt to blast a wall of Korydallos Prison to help various imprisoned terrorists of the ‘Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire’ group, escape.
On January 3, 2015, after months of investigations by the Anti-Terrorism Squad, he was found hiding out in a rented house in Anavyssos; a seaside resort near Athens, and was arrested. A large number of firearms were also found in his hideout.
Vassilis Tzortzatos and his educational leave
Vassilis Tzortzatos; also known as “Stamatis” in November 17, is one of the imprisoned members of the terrorist organization. He gets regular leave to visit his family living in Athens, and also gets educational leave.
In 1985 he was recruited into the organization by Christodoulos Xeros; whom he had met during a trade union demonstration. He was arrested in Euboea in July 2002 while on vacation with his family.
Tzortzatos was charged with participation in a terrorist organization, supply, construction and possession of explosives, possession of firearms and involvement in 28 terrorist acts. He received 4 life sentences, and 25 years in prison for involvement in 4 murders, robberies, explosions and participation in the organization.