Six years after a rocket attack on the U.S. Embassy in Athens, five people have been convicted on terrorism-related charges for that incident for which the military group Revolutionary Struggle took credit, as well as other acts of violence.
Two of the main suspects, Nikos Maziotis and his wife Panagiota Roupa, were convicted in absentia. The pair fled last year following their release after spending the maximum 18 months in pre-trial detention.
The special court, which convened in Athens’ maximum-security Korydallos prison, sentenced Maziotis, Roupa and Costas Gournas to 25 years in prison, and gave 7 and 7 1/2-year terms to two more men. Maziotis, Roupa and Gournas have admitted “political responsibility” for actions of the Revolutionary Struggle group. All the other suspects denied any wrongdoing, the Associated Press reported.
Three other suspects were acquitted. Nobody died in the attacks, which was active between 2003 and 2009. The group shot and severely injured a riot policeman in 2009, while several other people suffered minor injuries in other attacks.
It also claimed responsibility for several bomb attacks in Athens, including against the Athens Stock Exchange, and planted a massive bomb that failed to explode outside Citibank offices in the capital.
In a statement published in the satirical To Pontiki newspaper in 2007, Revolutionary Struggle claimed responsibility for the embassy attack, saying that the strike was “our answer to the criminal war against ‘terrorism’ that the US has unleashed over the entire planet with the help of fellow-traveling states”.
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