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Olympic crackdown under way as Greek terror trial begins

The trial of five alleged members of a Greek terrorist cell began yesterday under tight security as authorities pressed ahead with a security drive before the Olympics in August. The four men and one woman are accused of being the leaders of the Revolutionary Popular Struggle, (known as the ELA), which is blamed for the murder of two Greek police officers, dozens of bombings and other attacks in the 1980s. They also face charges of setting off 59 bombs, mostly to attack vehicles or facilities operated by the US military when it had a base in the Athens area. No one was killed in those attacks. If convicted, the five alleged ELA leaders face life sentences. The group was considered Greece’s second worst terrorist threat after the 17 November organisation. In December a special anti-terrorism tribunal gave multiple life sentences to the leader, chief assassin and three other members of that group. Full Story

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