Attempted prison escape ends in Greece

Associated Press
This photo taken by an unnamed prisoner with a cellphone shows hostages, both prison officers and prisoners, being held by Albanian convict Alket Rizaj  at Malandrino prison, in central Greece, on Saturday, March 16, 2013. Rizaj is demanding to be allowed to leave the prison, claiming to be heavily armed.  Police special forces have deployed outside the prison, while prison officers, Rizaj's lawyer, and a prosecutor try to negotiate with him. (AP Photo)

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ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Officials say an Albanian inmate who took five people hostage at a Greek prison in an effort to escape has surrendered, ending a 24-hour standoff.

No one was injured on Sunday when Alket Rizaj, a convicted contract killer, gave up.

Officials said his five hostages, all employees at Malandrino prison in central Greece, were released unharmed.

Rizaj is famous for having escaped twice from the maximum-security Korydallos prison in Athens, via helicopters chartered by accomplices, in 2006 and 2009.

He was recaptured both times.


Associated Press writer Demetris Nellas contributed to this report.