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'Terror gang' on trial in Athens

November 17 faces murder, bombing and robbery charges in an event many Greeks thought they’d never see. Nearly 30 years after the leaders of Greece’s hated military dictatorship were tried in the same bunker-like chamber, the trial of November 17 – the Marxist-Leninist terrorist group born out of the resistance movement – had finally begun. At 9.35am, Greece’s “trial of the century” kicked off with Dimitris Margaritis, its bespectacled presiding judge, promising a “fair, democratic and humane hearing”. An almost palpable surge of excitement charged through the court room. Blamed for more than 100 bombings, a string of armed robberies and 23 cold-blooded murders, no other group in the country’s tumultuous history was as ruthless, impenetrable or as seemingly invincible as November 17. Full Story

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