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Probation for two suspected of involvement in Revolutionary Struggle

12 November 2010 / 13:11:25  GRReporter
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Free, but under restrictions are two of those accused of involvement in the far-left group Revolutionary Struggle.

The defendant Costas Gournas’ wife and best man stood before the magistrate judge to answer his questions about their possible participation in the group. They both denied the accusation and presented a petition claiming that the charges made against them criminalize their personal relations. With the Prosecutor’s consent the two defendants were banned to leave the country and the wife was adjudged additional measure to appear in the police once a month.

Gournas, along with five other people, were arrested in early April in connection with the activities of the terrorist organization which is believed to be the most active terrorist group after the defeat of November 17 in 2002. It became known in September 2003, when it took responsibility for two bomb attacks against the Courthouse in Athens, where a policeman was injured. The group carried out bombings against the police station in the metropolitan district of Kallithea in June 2004 and made threats against the guests of the Olympic Games in Athens. In December 2005 it took responsibility for the blast in front of the Ministry of Economy and Finance on the central Athens Syntagma Square where two people were injured. In June 2006, Revolutionary Struggle intended to kill the Minister of Culture in the then government of New Democracy, George Voulgarakis, as mentioned in its manifesto, and on January 12, 2007 the organization assumed responsibility in a telephone call for the rocket attack against the USA Embassy building in Athens. Then followed attacks against police stations, banks and in September 2009 a strong explosion shook the area around the building which houses the Athens Stock Exchange. Authorities tracked the group after the bloody clash between Lambros Fundas and one other person and the police in the Athens district of Daphne in trying to steal a car. Fundas was shot and it became clear later that he was involved in the Revolutionary Struggle attacks as his fingerprints coincided with those available in the police database.

After the six were arrested the police found in their homes and meeting places weapons, ammunition, explosives, and computer hard drives with manifest texts. The six of them were anarchists and one of them was arrested 10 years ago. Experts are concerned that the Revolutionary Struggle could become the third generation of the November 17 terrorist group as it tries to copy its actions and methods.

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