More time for arson suspects
As crowds gathered outside the site of the former branch of Marfin Egnatia Bank in central Athens yesterday for a vigil marking one year since three workers died when the premises were firebombed during an anti-austerity rally, two of the suspected arsonists were given additional time to prepare their defense.
The two men, who were arrested on April 30 based on evidence and testimonies gathered by police over the past year, must explain themselves to a prosecutor tomorrow. Another two men who are being charged with the virtually simultaneous firebombing of the Ianos bookstore, located opposite the bank on Stadiou Street, are expected to face the same prosecutor next Sunday. The attack on the bookstore caused damage but no injuries.
Paraskevi Zoulia, 35, Epaminondas Tsakalis, 36, and 32-year-old Angeliki Papathanasopoulou, who was four months pregnant, died of asphyxiation after assailants smashed the bank’s windows and threw Molotov cocktails inside.