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Police: Arrests averted series of terrorist attacks

Δημοσίευση 17 Ιανουαρίου 2011, 11:57 / Ανανεώθηκε 27 Ιουνίου 2013, 14:55
Police: Arrests averted series  of terrorist attacks
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Counter-terrorism police, with the arrests of five terror suspects on Thursday and Friday in three Athens districts, averted a series of attacks ahead of the trial of suspects in the "Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire" urban terror group that opens on Monday, police officials said on Saturday, based on evidence found in a house in the district of Vyronas that had been rented by the four suspects arrested on Thursday.

Counter-terrorism police, with the arrests of five terror suspects on Thursday and Friday in three Athens districts, averted a series of attacks ahead of the trial of suspects in the "Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire" urban terror group that opens on Monday, police officials said on Saturday, based on evidence found in a house in the district of Vyronas that had been rented by the four suspects arrested on Thursday.

Four suspects, local men identified as as Haralambos Tsilianidis, 23, Dimitrios Fessas, 23, Dimitrios Dimtsiadis, 23, and Socrates Tzifkas, 21, were arrested on Thursday in the Vyronas and Tavros districts, and an assault rifle and an automatic handgun, along with ammunition, were recovered from two residences searched by the police.

The fifth suspect, a 27-year-old German woman, was arrested on Friday in the Perissos district.

The five face felony charges including establishment of and participation in a terrorist organisation and with weapons possession, while arrest warrants were outstanding for the four men in connection with the October 13, 2010 home-made bomb attack against the Public Power Corporation (PPC) offices in Thessaloniki.

The woman, identified as Marie Fee Meyer, was arrested in the Athens district of Perissos on Friday and according to police is the daughter of a 55-year-old female former "Red Army Faction" (RAF) operative, Barbara Meyer (a German national) who herself was the subject of a 1993 international warrant by German authorities for participation in the ultra-leftist terror group and surrendered to the Lebanese authorities in 1999.

Police said the woman, a German citizen, had contacts with all four of the suspects who were arrested in Vyronas and Tavros.

The names and photographs of the five suspects were released by police.

Police on Saturday said that evidence arising from the finds in the Vyronas residence, which had been rented by the four men, indicated that a series of attacks were planned in view of the trial opening on Monday.

They said that the hard drive of a PC seized from the Vyronas apartment included a "draft, 16-page proclamation in electronic format", according to the contents of which:

a) A new organisation, the name of which was not satisfied, was to assume responsibility for a series of explosions

b) The attacks would be made as a "show of solidarity" before the trial of the Conspiracy of Cells suspects that begins on Monday, January 17

c) Participation in an international organisation of organisations of violence would be claimed

The draft proclamation further contains extensive references and theoretical approaches attempting to justify acts of violence and terrorism, and points of dispute with the Revolutionary Struggle terrorist group on aspects in which it differentiates its position with respect to the action of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire.

The hard drive also contained compositions of the Judicial Councils throughout the country with evaluations, addresses of police departments, diagrams of regions, and photographic material of weapons systems.

German authorities: Arrested woman not linked with RAF fugitive

German authorities on Sunday reportedly confirmed that a 27-year-old German woman, arrested days ago in Athens during an urban terrorism-related sweep, is not related to 1990s fugitive Barbara Meyer, a one-time cadre in the German terrorist gang "Red Army Faction".

According to reports, German officials said the detained 27-year-old's mother has no relation whatsoever to Meyer.

The RAF-linked Meyer was born in 1956, while the mother of the woman arrested in the Perissos district of Athens was born in 1958. The latter also lives permanently in Greece with another two sons, while the woman's father is permanently employed at a Berlin penitentiary as a musicologist.

In a statement issued on Sunday, the woman's mother lambasted the arrest, charging that it was due to the fact that she, the mother, shares the same name with the RAF fugitive, i.e. "Barbara Meyer". (ANA-MPA) She also issued a stinging condemnation over the way certain media outlets reported her daughter's arrest, calling for "certain reporters to be led before justice".

Beyond the now defunct RAF connection, Greek anti-terrorism authorities said they are focusing on the 27-year-old woman's links with four suspects arrested last week for a previous bomb attack against a power company worksite in the northern city of Thessaloniki.