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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-12-05

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  • [01] Six terror suspects charged
  • [02] Super League results

  • [01] Six terror suspects charged

    Six suspects were formally charged with three felonies -- participation in a terrorist group, aggravated arms possession and acquisition and possession of explosive materials -- on Sunday night, after coordinated operations in suspected terrorist hideouts in wider Athens and other parts of the country the previous day.

    The six, who were led before public prosecutors under draconian security measures on Sunday, will appear before an examining magistrate where they are expected to ask for, and receive, an extension for their testimonies. According to sources, all six claimed that they have not been advised of the charge sheets against them and that their rights have not been observed.

    Earlier, Greek Police (ELAS) chief Lefteris Economou announced that the six, including a woman, would be remanded on charges of participation in a terrorist organisation, Greek Police (ELAS) chief Lefteris Economou announced on Sunday, and also confirmed that police hastened the arrests of suspects who were under surveillance after evidence turned up that a terrorist hit was being planned.

    According to the announcement, two people -- 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.

    Police said that 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.

    Police searches of a warehouse on Kessarias street in Nea Smyrni, an apartment on Praxitelous street in Piraeus and an apartment on Platonos street in Kallithea, conducted in the presence of prosecutors, turned up three Kalashnikov rifles, a Scorpion submachine gun, five pistols, three handgrenades, a bulletproof vest, a large number of laptop and desktop computers, five kilos of the explosive ANFO, 200 grams of the explosive material TNT, three pairs of traffic signs -- one pair of which had been reported as stolen -- rifle magazines, wigs, full-face hoods, cell phones and a large number of bullets of various diameters, all of which were seized, Economou said.

    He said that ballistics tests on the above weaponry did not identify the weapons with past terrorist actions, while testing was continuing for identification with other criminal actions, as well as on the other pieces of evidence seized.

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    [02] Super League results

    Panathinaikos Athens beat Panseraikos Serres 2-0 at home in games played for the Super League over the weekend, while Olympiacos Piraeus subdued Kavala 1-0 away and AEK Athens drew 1-1 away with Atromitos Athens.

    In other action:

    Iraklis Thessaloniki-Ergotelis Crete 1-1

    Panionios Athens-Kerkyra 0-1

    Xanthi-Olympiacos Volos 1-0

    Aris Thessaloniki-Asteras Tripoli 1-0

    Larissa-PAOK Thessaloniki 1-2

    Standings after 13 weeks of play:

    1. Panathinaikos 30 points

    2. Olympiacos P. 30

    3. AEK 20

    4. PAOK 20

    5. Kavala 19

    6. Aris 19

    7. Xanthi 17

    8. Olympiacos V. 16

    9. Iraklis 16

    10. Kerkyra 16

    11. Atromitos 15

    12. Asteras 14

    13. Panseraikos 14

    14. Ergotelis 14

    15. Panionios 13

    16. Larissa 11

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