The alleged leader of the terrorist group Revolutionary Struggle, Nikos Maziotis, and his wife, Panagiota Roupa, have gone missing in the middle of their trial.
The terrorist couple — who have admitted they are members of the notorious group — were arrested in April 2010 but were released from jail in October last year after spending the maximum 18 months in pre-trail detention, a time during which they had claimed to be political prisoners. They had been ordered to appear at a police station in the central Athens area of Exarchia three times a month, but authorities said Thursday they had missed their last two appointments, one on June 15 and one on July 1.
Greek Public Order Minister Nikos Dendias ordered a judicial inquiry into the incident, while the head of the Exarchia Police Station was suspended.
The couple were members of a group best known for firing a rocket-propelled grenade into the U.S. Embassy in Athens in 2007 and several other attacks. A search warrant is now pending against them.
Despite authorities being proud to have supposedly wiped terrorists off, a terrorist attack was reported just a few days ago, when assailants drove a stolen mini-van containing incendiary devices through the front doors of Microsoft’s offices in Athens after forcing the night guards to leave at gunpoint. Nobody was hurt in the pre-dawn attack but severe fire damage was caused to the building’s entrance.
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