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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 14-10-02

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] Samaras, Venizelos and Hardouvelis conclude troika-related briefing
  • [02] Man arrested at Vyronas garage charged with participating in terrorist organisation

  • [01] Samaras, Venizelos and Hardouvelis conclude troika-related briefing

    ANA-MPA - A meeting among Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, government Vice President Evangelos Venizelos and Finance Minister Gikas Hardouvelis concluded late on Thursday at the Maximos Mansion.

    Government sources said pending issues related to the privatisations' progress were discussed, before Hardouvelis gave a briefing of the progress in talks with the representatives of Greece's troika of lenders and their review of the Greek fiscal programme.

    In comments to the press verifying the topics discussed, Venizelos said, "There are always difficulties. But the framework is clear and good in order to exit the memorandum state once and for all."

    [02] Man arrested at Vyronas garage charged with participating in terrorist organisation

    ANA-MPA - A young man who was arrested Thursday at a garage in the Vyronas district of Athens was later in the day charged on several counts including participation in a terrorist organisation.

    The 30-year-old, who appears to be linked with convincted terrorist Nikos Maziotis is expected to testify before the prosecutor on Sunday.

    The raid on the garage - earlier reported as an apartment - by the counter-terrorism squad produced evidence both on the man and at the premises linking them to Maziotis' urban guerrilla group Revolutionary Struggle.

    In the second of two press conferences on Thursday, Public Order and Citizen Protection Minister Vassilis Kikilias and Greek Police (ELAS) Chief Lieut. General Dimitris Tsaknakis presented details of the raid, including notes in the man's backpack indicating a major hit was being planned for October 4, the founding anniversary of main New Democracy party.

    The members of Revolutionary Struggle run by Maziotis - whose wife, Panagiota Roupa, is still being sought with their child for violating a jail leave - were planning a serious hit on a financial or political target early in October, according to evidence by the police.

    Authorities had been looking for an arms cache since Maziotis' arrest and had raided several apartments in Attica, including the couple's apartment in the northern suburb of Maroussi.

    At the garage they found a rack found on a car had been used at the explosion of the Bank of Greece in Athens in April 2014, which Maziotis has taken responsibility for. According to police sources, they also found notes on a plan of attack targeting a well-known shipowner and a multinational company active in Piraeus.

    In related developments, police said that the counter-terrorism squad has arrested four local men, one aged 23, two aged 26 and one aged 30, a local woman, 25, and an Albanian national, aged 30, in Athens and Thessaloniki on charges of illegal possession of explosives, firearms and forgery, among others. All six were led before a prosecutor later on Thursday.

    According to police officials, the specific case is not related to the six arrests made in Athens and Thessaloniki on Wednesday nor to the booby-trapped envelope that was defused at the Athens Stock Exchange earlier on Thursday.

    Kikilias has kept Prime Minister Antonis Samaras up to date on the case throughout the day, according to sources close to the premier.


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