Monday, April 19, 2010

6 charged with left-wing terrorism in Greece

A Greek prosecutor on Monday charged six people with membership in the country's most active far-left terrorist group, which has claimed a string of bombings and a rocket attack on the U.S. embassy in Athens. The five men and one woman, aged between 30 and 41, were also charged with multiple counts of attempted homicide, causing explosions, and arms offenses linked with the Revolutionary Struggle organization. Each faces a maximum 25-year sentence if found guilty on the main charges.

The suspects were arrested in and around Athens Saturday. Police said they found Revolutionary Struggle proclamations and plans for future attacks in one of the detainees' homes, but have located no weapons or explosives. Revolutionary Struggle first appeared in 2003, a year after authorities eradicated Greece's deadliest left-wing group, November 17, and has bombed banks, government buildings and the Athens Stock Exchange, in three cases causing minor injuries to bystanders. Its most spectacular hit was the 2007 rocket-propelled grenade attack on the heavily guarded U.S. Embassy, which caused minor damage but no injuries.

The U.S. government subsequently offered a $1 million reward for information leading to the capture of Revolutionary Struggle members. The group also shot and severely wounded a riot policeman last year. That attack came during a spike in anarchist and far-left violence that followed the fatal police shooting of an Athens teenager in December 2008 and days of rioting in Greek cities. The six suspects arrived at the main Athens court complex escorted by anti-terrorist police, and were whisked into the prosecutor's office. When they exited, dozens of people who had gathered to chant slogans in support of the detainees threw plastic bottles and scuffled with police, who responded with pepper spray. Two people were arrested for the disturbance, which followed anarchist groups' calls for a show of solidarity.



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