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Greek terror leaders found guilty

A court in Athens has found leaders of the Greek terrorist group November 17 guilty after a nine-month trial. Nineteen members of the radical left group were accused of waging a campaign of bombing, robberies and at least 23 murders since 1975. Among those targeted by the group were Greek public figures, businessmen and foreign diplomats. They included the British defence attache, Brigadier Stephen Saunders, shot dead in Athens in June 2000. Reacting to the verdicts of four defendants found guilty of the killing of Mr Saunders, his widow Heather said: “That’s what we hoped for.” Athens Mayor and Olympic Games host Dora Bakoyiannis, whose parliamentarian husband Pavlos Bakoyiannis was shot dead by the group in 1989, said: “Greek justice spoke today. Its decisions are respected by all.” A 20-year statute of limitations in Greek law means that group members will not be sentenced for the first four killings by November 17 – including that of CIA station chief Richard Welch, whose 1975 assassination marked the group’s first appearance. Full Story

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