Greek elite 'paid to stay off November 17 list'
Some of Greece’s richest men are believed to have paid large sums to be kept off the hit-list of the terrorist group November 17. They are said to include the family of Gianna Angelopoulos, organiser of the 2004 Athens Olympics, and Yiannis Latsis, the shipowner friend of Prince Charles. The blackmail came to light when Mrs Angelopoulos’s husband Theodore gave the prime minister, Costas Simitis, an extract from the diary of his uncle Dimitris, who was murdered by the gang in 1986. Mr Simitis, who regards the arrest of domestic terrorists before the games as a priority, sent it to the judiciary. This week some of the biggest names in Greek banking and commerce are expected to appear before a public prosecutor as the investigation begins, most of them thought to have been been held to ransom by November 17, which was cracked last year. Full Story