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Two persons have been captured for the arson of Marfin Bank

30 January 2013 / 18:01:06  GRReporter
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Then I saw a third young man come in. He was wearing a ski mask to hide his face and a black shirt. When he came to me, I said, "What are you doing? There are people up there..."And he said, "We will burn you all." At this point, one of the men working in the bookshop intervened and the young man poured gasoline over three other people and me."The police consider critical the testimony of an employee at the Yiannos bookshop. "At two o'clock in the afternoon, the protest procession was proceeding normally. Then I saw a man dressed in black holding an object in his hand and using it to smash the window of Marfin Bank, which is opposite the bookshop. He was tall and thin. When the window was smashed another man of medium height, also in black clothes, wearing a mask on his face and backpack on his back, threw a Molotov bomb at the bank. We left the bookshop holding fire extinguishers to extinguish the fire. I asked the tall man, "What are you doing? There are women, there are people up there." Then the tall man said, "Take them all out." I went back to the bookshop and began to extinguish the fire. Just when we were able to extinguish it, I suddenly saw another Molotov bomb, which started a new fire. I saw that another youth had thrown it. Then I saw a third young man come in. He was wearing a ski mask to hide his face and a black shirt. When he came to me, I said, "What are you doing? There are people up there..."And he said, "We will burn you all." At this point, one of the men working in the bookshop intervened and the young man poured gasoline over three other people and me."

Witness 3

The third witness tells of three people who were in front of the window of the bank. Here's how he describes the events: "The two shorter men were smashing the window with a metal object. One of them was holding a backpack, from which he poured some liquid inside the bank. The tall man took out some objects from his backpack and threw them inside the bank. Another 6-7 people around them were helping them. When they implemented the attack and set fire to the bank, this group walked down the sidewalk towards Syntagma Square."

The particular witness passed among the attackers who were walking towards the square and described one by one those who in his opinion had played a major role. When at the end of May 2010 he was called to the police to help in identifying the attackers, he singled out their pictures among many others, fully confident in his choice.

Witness 4

"Why did you burn it? We told you to intimidate them, not to burn them or the bank...," cried in the underground a woman suspected of involvement in the arson of Marfin Bank. She expressed in this way her disagreement with the two men, who are supposed to have been actively involved in the attack.
 
I heard the woman yelling at the two men: "Why did you burn it, guys? We told you to intimidate them, not to burn them or the bank."

The witness went to the police to testify when she associated the above dialogue, which she had accidentally heard in the underground, with the arson of the bank. The woman, who is an economist by profession, gave the following testimony two days after the deadly attack: "At 2:20 pm on 5 May 2010, I was at the "Panepistimio" underground station, near the entrance of Kozani Square. I was going up the stairs to go outside. When I started climbing, I saw two tall thin young men and a woman coming.  They were going down the stairs running, as someone was chasing them. They were literally in panic and pushing the people to go. When we met at the stairs, I heard the woman yelling at the two men, "Why did you burn it, guys? We told you to intimidate them not to burn them or the bank." I do not remember exactly whether she said the bank or the people inside. She was short, about 1.60 m tall. She was dressed in black, her face was somewhat tired, her hair was black and she was in a panic. I did not look at the men as they were pushing the people to get past and I was scared. I learned later that Marfin Bank had been set on fire and two women and one man were burned there and unwittingly I made a connection between the two things."

The police investigation is going on in order to find the other participants in the attack.

Tags: Crime newsArsonMarfin BankVictimsWitnesses
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