ATHENS, March 17 (Xinhua) -- A hostage drama which had started on Saturday night in a prison complex in central Greece ended on Sunday evening without injuries, Greek police announced.
Notorious Albanian convict Alket Rizaj and his two fellow inmates surrendered after having kept five persons, including guards and other inmates, as hostages for almost 24 hours.
They started the hostage drama after a failed attempt to escape the Malandrino prison. The criminals requested a car and cash to escape, threatening to use a makeshift explosive device otherwise.
Rizaj has been serving life imprisonment for murder since 2003 and escaped from another maximum security prison twice with helicopters in the past, in 2006 and 2009.
Another notorious Greek convict attempted to escape a southern Greece prison complex by helicopter in February this year, but was stopped by prison guards who fired and slightly injured him and his accomplices.