The man convicted as leader of 17 November Alexandros Giotopoulos has written a letter that was published by Eleftherotypia on Tuesday, where he addresses the escape of Christodoulos Xiros. The letter is dated the 20th of January, on the same day Xiros’ video surfaced.
At the start of his letter, Giotopoulos refers to an “orphan fingerprint” that the Police claim to have found in his house and a hideout that was never identified, even though it would both be easy and necessary, since it related to the investigation of 17N. This leads Giotopoulos to conclude that the fingerprint “was evidence fabricated by the counter-terrorism police or the central intelligence agency EYP”.
According to Giotopoulos, this was used to support the theory that his group had members that had not been arrested, in an effort “to exaggerate the terrorist ‘threat’ with which they constantly lie to us and with which everyone is prison is having a laugh”. At this point, Giotopoulos poses a number of questions regarding Xiros’ escape.
Giotopoulos wonders why Xiros was not punished in 2011 for setting fire to his cell, but rather allowed to be transferred to another wing and be allowed to visit other convicts in prison at will. Giotopoulos estimates that “this order came from above; from the counter-terrorism police, EYP and therefore the government supervising it”.
Additionally Giotopoulos notes that when convicted 17N member Vasilis Tsortzatos was given two house-bound leaves from prison, he was under constant surveillance and there were six vehicles of the counter-terrorism police unit outside his house, while for Xiros there was nobody.
Giotopoulos ends his letter by claiming that “the gentlemen at the counter-terrorism police, EYP, the government and even CIA knew that Christodoulos had received six leaves in the past year and a half” and that they consciously did nothing to avert his potential escape.