Greek convict kidnaps German school principal
16 MAy 2006, ATHENS - A Greek convict on the run abducted the principal and administrator from the German School in the northern port city of Thessaloniki Tuesday, authorities said.
16 MAy 2006
ATHENS - A Greek convict on the run abducted the principal and administrator from the German School in the northern port city of Thessaloniki Tuesday, authorities said.
The man, Kostas Rapanzis, 52, later released the administrator, but reports said he had contacted the German consulate in Thessaloniki and demanded a ransom of 5 million euros for the release of the principal, who is a German national.
Greek Public Order Ministry officials said Rapanzis, on a 10-day release from Kesavetes prison in the eastern city of Volos where he is serving a 24-year sentence for robbery, was armed with hand grenades when he entered the 500-pupil school in the Thessaloniki suburb of Finikia, saying he wanted to pay a student's tuition.
He then entered the office of the principal as he was meeting with the administrator and threatened to kill them if they did not accompany him out of the school.
"The convict threatened both men and then took them and drove off in one of the school's cars," a ministry official, who declined to be named, told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa.
Rapanzis later released the administrator and abandoned the car, fleeing with the principal as his hostage on foot.
Nine students were taken to a local hospital where they were being treated for shock. Dozens of police officers were at the school, while police helicopters were searching the area.
Subject: German news