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Greece's most wanted captured

BUCHAREST, Romania -- Greece's most wanted criminal is finally behind bars after being arrested in Romania.

Costas Passaris, accused of killing two police officers, had been on the run since February after escaping from custody during a transfer from prison to hospital.

The failure of the Greek police to recapture Passaris prompted the national chief of police to resign.

Passaris was captured on Tuesday after a gun battle with elite police who stormed a Bucharest apartment to arrest him in connection with a double murder, Romanian police said.

A Bucharest police source told Reuters news agency: "He is finally locked up. He put up a strong fight, shooting the policemen but their bullet-proof jackets saved them. Then they used tear gas against him."

The source added Passaris had been charged in the fatal shooting of two foreign exchange shop workers on Saturday night during a robbery.

Police are still searching for a woman believed to have been Passaris' accomplice in the exchange shop raid.

Passaris had been serving a lengthy jail sentence in Greece on multiple assault and robbery charges.

While on the run he fled a bungled stake-out by more than 50 police in July disguised with a wig and glasses.


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