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Six terror suspects receive stay of testimony

Δημοσίευση 7 Δεκεμβρίου 2010, 10:59 / Ανανεώθηκε 27 Ιουνίου 2013, 14:55
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Six suspects formally charged on Sunday on terrorism charges who were arrested the previous day in a coordinated police operation asked for and received a stay of testimony to Tuesday by the examining magistrate who has undertaken the case file.

Six suspects formally charged on Sunday on terrorism charges who were arrested the previous day in a coordinated police operation asked for and received a stay of testimony to Tuesday by the examining magistrate who has undertaken the case file.

The six are charged with three felonies: participation in a terrorist group, aggravated arms possession and acquisition and possession of explosive materials. The specific terror group has not been named, pending completion of ongoing investigations by the police counter-terrorism squad.

The arrests came in a coordinated police swoop on terror hideouts in the wider Athens area, Agrinion in central Greece and Siteia on the island of Crete on Saturday.

According to the suspects' defence attorneys, the arrestees will seek a new stay of testimony in order to be briefed on their case files and charge sheets.

The six, including a woman, were led before public prosecutors under draconian security measures on Sunday.

Earlier Sunday, Greek Police (ELAS) chief Lefteris Economou confirmed that police hastened the arrests of suspects who were under surveillance after evidence turned up that a terrorist hit was being planned.

Two of the suspects -- identified as Constantine Sakkas, 26 and Alexandros Mitrousias, 21 - were arrested on Saturday afternoon at a safehouse on Kessarias street in the Athens district of Nea Smyrni. A short while later, in simultaneous operations, 30-year-old George Karayiannidis was arrested at a safehouse on Pylis street in Piraeus and 31-year-old Christos Politis at a safehouse in Themistokleous street in the Athens district of Exarchia, 26-year-old woman Styliani Antoniou at a hideout on Platonos street in the Athens district of Kallithea, and 26-year-old Dimitrios Michail in Siteia, Crete.

Sakkas and Mitrousias, at the time of their arrest in Nea Smyrni, were carrying a knapsack in which police found and confiscated two Glock pistols, a Scorpion submachine gun, a second unidentified submachine gun, a handgrenade, ammunition of various sizes, two cell phones and a USB stick while Karayiannidis, who was arrested in Piraeus, had a forged police identity card on him.

Weapons caches and explosives were found in the hideouts on Kessarias street in Nea Smyrni, an apartment on Praxitelous street in Piraeus, an apartment on Platonos street in Kallithea, and in Agrinio.

There are outstanding arrest warrants against Mitrousias and Karayiannidis on charges of terrorist actions, causing an explosion, acquisition, construction and possession of explosive materials and of setting up and participation in the terror group "Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire". Also, Politis had been summoned before an examining magistrate on December 2 in connection a May 22 arson attack behind the Athens Appeals Court and had been released with restrictive conditions. The attack had been claimed by the organisation "Christos Tsoutsouvis Commandos" in a proclamation.

Ballistic tests on weaponry found in the Athens and Piraeus hideouts did not identify the arms with past terror attacks, but tests were continuing to ascertain whether they have been used in incidents of common crime.

Based on the weaponry found, police believe the hideouts belong to the Revolutionaries' Sect, which emerged after the riots sparked by the shooting death of 15-year-old pupil Alexis Grigoropoulos during incidents in the Exarchia district of central Athens on December 6, 2008. The group has claimed the killings of investigative journalist Socratis Giolias in July and a counter-terrorism police officer.

 

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