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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 13-04-03

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  • [01] Court hands out sentences in 'Revolutionary Struggle' case

  • [01] Court hands out sentences in 'Revolutionary Struggle' case

    AMNA -- An Athens Appeals Court on Wednesday handed out maximum prison sentences to three of eight defendants on trial for the actions of the terrorist group "Revolutionary Struggle", while another three were acquitted. Among those receiving the maximum prison sentences were the fugitives Nikos Maziotis and Panagiota Roupa.

    mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#0F1419;mso-fareast-language: After a trial lasting several months, the three justices on the bench handed down prison sentences of 50 years to Nikos Maziotis and 50 years, six months each to Panagiota Roupa and Costas Gournas - the three defendants considered to be the leaders of the terror group, who had claimed political responsibility for its actions. font-family:"Tahoma","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";

    mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#0F1419;mso-fareast-language: Under Greek law, each of them will serve a maximum of 25 years in prison. The three were found guilty of forming and participating in a terrorist organisation, attempted homicide, collusion in setting off explosions, aggravated damages and other offences.

    mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#0F1419;mso-fareast-language: Another two defendants, Christoforos Kortesis and Evangelos Stathopoulos, were found guilty of forming a terror organisation and given sentences of seven years and seven years, six months respectively, effective immediately.mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#0F1419;mso-ansi-language:EN-US; amna

    mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#0F1419;mso-fareast-language: The court decided to acquit the defendants Sarantos Nikitopoulos and Kostas Katsenos due to reasonable doubts, in spite of the public prosecutor's recommendation that they be found guilty. It also acquitted Maria Beraha, the wife of Kostas Gournas, finding that there was insufficient evidence to support the charges against her.font-family:"Tahoma","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; amna

    mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#0F1419;mso-fareast-language: Both Roupa and Maziotis were absent from the court and their whereabouts are still unknown several months after they violated the terms of their release and disappeared. The two were both released from prison after the 18-month period for which prisoners can be held on remand had expired.

    mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#0F1419;mso-ansi-language:EL; The couple attempted to "testify" via two letters delivered to the court by their defence lawyers, in which they defended their actions and choices in "Revolutionary Struggle".12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";color:#0F1419;mso-ansi-language:EN-US;mso-fareast-language: amna

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