Ex­ist­ing ev­i­dence may not hold up in court, some sources say

Kathimerini English - - Focus -

Po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the May 5, 2010 ar­son at­tack have honed in on spe­cific sus­pects known to be­long to the an­ar­chist move­ment. Four of the peo­ple sus­pected of in­volve­ment in the at­tack were taken in for ques­tion­ing last week­end on find­ings from an anal­y­sis of ma­te­rial gleaned from se­cu­rity cam­eras on Sta­diou Street.

“The ev­i­dence is be­ing ex­am­ined in great de­tail and our in­ves­ti­ga­tions are be­gin­ning to gain more fo­cus,” one high-rank­ing of­fi­cer of the Greek Po­lice (ELAS), who wished to re­main anony­mous, told Kathimerini re­cently. “How­ever, the case presents real dif­fi­cul­ties be­cause the at­tack­ers had their faces cov­ered.”

Even though the file is ex­pected to be handed over to jus­tice of­fi­cials within the next few days, es­ti­ma­tions over whether the ev­i­dence is strong enough to build a solid case have been con­tra­dic­tory.

Sources at the head­quar­ters of the Se­cu­rity Po­lice ar­gue that the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the in­ci­dent is es­sen­tially over, with one high-rank­ing of­fi­cer say­ing that there are only a “few small tech­ni­cal de­tails” that re­main to be in­ves­ti­gated, adding that “the ev­i­dence is suf­fi­cient to make a case against the sus­pects of the ar­son at­tack.” The in­ves­ti­ga­tion has been car­ried out by the Se­cu­rity Po­lice with the as­sis­tance of the An­tiTer­ror­ist Squad and the Na­tional In­tel­li­gence Ser­vice.

At the same time, how­ever, of­fi­cers at other re­lated ser­vices have told Kathimerini that they have some reser­va­tions re­gard­ing the ev­i­dence found so far. They ad­mit that the vis­ual ma­te­rial is enough to iden­tify the sus­pects, though they are skep­ti­cal about whether such ev­i­dence will be able to stand up to the scrutiny of a court.

The iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of the sus­pects was ar­rived at through footage from closed-cir­cuit tele­vi­sion cam­eras op­er­ated by pri­vate en­ter­prises in the city cen­ter. Among these are cam­eras in­stalled out­side a store right across the street from the Marfin branch, which had been petrol­bombed just sec­onds be­fore the bank, pos­si­bly by the same group of at­tack­ers. “There are records of the at­tack­ers a few mo­ments be­fore the at­tack, as well as a few mo­ments af­ter,” said one source at the Cit­i­zens’ Pro­tec­tion Min­istry.

The qual­ity of the ev­i­dence, how­ever, is put into ques­tion by the fact that most of the sus­pects’ faces were cov­ered by hoods, scarves or gas masks, though it is be­lieved that in­ves­ti­ga­tors have used bio­met­ric mea­sure­ments, such as height, gait or dis­cernible char­ac­ter­is­tics in or­der to iden­tify them. Of­fi­cers also note that the fire erased much of the forensic ev­i­dence that could have been used to strengthen their case.

One ELAS source fur­ther sug­gested that one or more mem­bers of the group of at­tack­ers were be­lieved to have ties with the Con­spir­acy of the Cells of Fire ur­ban guer­rilla group, though this in­for­ma­tion was not con­firmed. YIAN­NIS SOULI­O­TIS

Mourn­ers from all over the city and from all walks of life laid flow­ers at an makeshift shrine in front of the branch of Marfin Bank on Sta­diou Street the day af­ter the May 5, 2010 fire­bomb at­tack, dur­ing which three em­ploy­ees died of as­phyx­i­a­tion. The graf­fiti be­hind the young woman reads: ‘We don’t con­sent. We Fight!’

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Greece

© PressReader. All rights reserved.