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Greek Terror Suspects Hear Their Charges

Prosecutors took six hours to read a year-by-year account of about 2,000 charges against 19 alleged members of Greece’s November 17 terrorist group at their trial Tuesday. The reading of the indictment was started by Christos Lambrou, the lead prosecutor against the suspected members of the notorious November 17 cell. He grew so hoarse that a deputy prosecutor had to take over. Three senior judges are handling the trial, which opened Monday in a special bunker-style courtroom in Greece’s main maximum-security prison. The proceedings could last for months. The radical-nationalist group is blamed for more than 100 bombings, a string of armed robberies and 23 murders since it first struck in 1975 with the slaying of Richard Welch, the CIA station chief in Athens. The group’s other victims included three more American envoys, two Turkish diplomats and prominent Greek business and political figures. Its latest killing was the ambush of a British defense attache in June 2000. For more than a generation, authorities were unable to make any headway against the group. But a botched bombing last year led to a series of arrests. Full Story

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