More time for ar­son sus­pects

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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.

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