Athens (ANA) – Apostolos Vavylis was arrested on Friday, at 17:30 p.m. Greek time in Bologna, Italy after a tip-off from the Greek police and in cooperation with the Italian Security Authorities. Vavylis has been wanted by Greek police authorities for his alleged role in scandals related to the Greek Orthodox Church.
Greek Police Chief George Angelakos said on Friday evening that Vavylis was located by the electronic traces of his portable computer. Angelakos said the Italian authorities located Vavylis’ hideout due to the frequent communications he had through the Internet with electronic messages to persons in Greece and abroad.
The Greek authorities had reliable information for almost a month that Vavylis was hiding in Bologna and that is why a team of Attica police offcers went to the Italian city and closely cooperated with the Italian police.
The Italian police also gathered data from the use of credit cards which Vavylis had in his possession.
In the meeting he had on Saturday morning at the Maximos Mansion with Minister of Public Order G. Voulgarakis, the Prime Minister expressed his content over Vavilis’ arrest, who is in the hands of the Italian Police since Friday. As for Mr Voulgarakis, he congratulated the Police for their success and announced that all actions have been taken for the extradition of Vavilis to Greece.
“I would like to believe that the Italian authorities will accept the request,” stressed Mr Voulgarakis. The minister stressed that with method, certainty and firm steps, the Greek Police used the existing information to reach this successful result.
The Minister of Justice A. Papaligouras said he will ask Italian authorities to allow a delegation of Greek justices to fly to the neighboring country and take a statement from the arrested man.
What is more, he stressed that Vavilis’ extradition to Greek authorities could take some time because of a pending ruling in Italy, but it will be done eventually.
“I assure you that sooner or later Greek Justice will handle the Vavilis case,” ended Anastasis Papaligouras.
“There had been many efforts for his arrest during the previous period in many countries, but information was either inaccurate or untimely” said Mr Voulgarakis after the meeting and added that tracking efforts had even been made in Taiwan.
As the minister stressed, in the context of cooperation Greek authorities proceeded with the arrest of Italian outlaws in Greece, which resulted in the arrest of Vavilis by Italian authorities.
Mr Voulgarakis underlined that Apostolos Vavilis was not a top wanted man in Europe, but in the last places of the INTERPOL list.
Lastly, the Minister said he informed the PM on the ministry’s affairs, as well as on the Traffic Police measures in view of the Easter holidays.
In a Press conference he gave in Bologna on Saturday, Flying Squad Chief Armando Nanei said that the arrest went down on Friday afternoon and that arrested Vavilis had a passport with the name Antonis Aivaliotis.
Vavilis arrived in Bologna on Thursday, where he spent the night at the house of his Italian friend, Licia Tandei, aged 64.
As per the Police, it is most likely that Tandei was not aware of Vavilis’ activities.
His arrest was achieved thanks to the close cooperation of Greek and Italian Police which were closely monitoring Vavilis for quite some time now.
Vavilis did not resist arrest and put on his cloth when asked to follow the police officers. He was not carrying a gun and a wig was found in his bag. He has been taken to the Bologna prisons but he is not expected to testify before an Italian justice, as there are no charges pending against him in Italy.