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Three Quit After Prisoners Escape From Jail Via Helicopter

The directer and two employees of a maximum-security prison in Greece resigned Monday after two of the prison's inmates escaped by helicopter, reports CNN.

The Greek minister of justice, Nicholas Dendias, said he had asked for the resignations of the director, security secretary and head of inspection and control at Korydallos Prison, in an Athens suburb.

"Those involved in this escape will be brought to justice and punished," Dendias said.

The Justice Ministry told the AP that two men hijacked a commercial helicopter Sunday, and flew it in low over the prison to avoid radar. When they reached prison a rope ladder was lowered that the two prisoners,Vassilis Paleokostas, 42, and Alket Riza, 34 climbed up.

Witnesses reported that guards at the prison shot at the helicopter as it left the scene, reports CNN. The helicopter was found north of Athens with bullet holes in the gas tank Sunday.

This was the second time in three years that Paleokostas had escaped from prison by helicopter. Paleokostas who is convicted of kidnapping a Greek businessman, and 16 bank robberies escaped in June 2006 and was recaptured several months later.

The resignations of Leonidas Karampekiou, the prison director; Foti Vlachou, the security secretary there, and Apostolos Economou, the head of inspection and control at the prison was announced by the justice minister Monday.