Ten sus­pects tied to po­lice killings

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Ten out of the 12 peo­ple who have been de­tained in con­nec­tion to the fa­tal shoot­ing of two mem­bers of the mo­tor­cy­cle-rid­ing DIAS squad in Rendi, south­west­ern Athens, in March are to face an in­ves­ti­gat­ing mag­is­trate to­day, po­lice said yes­ter­day as sources re­vealed that the sus­pects’ cell phone con­ver­sa­tions helped in­ves­ti­ga­tors trace the al­leged per­pe­tra­tors.

Of the 10 sus­pects cur­rently in po­lice de­ten­tion, three are to face mur­der charges. It was un­clear what charges will be brought against the other seven, who are be­lieved to be mem­bers of the same crim­i­nal ring as the three prime sus­pects. Two of the orig­i­nal 12 sus­pects who had been de­tained on drug-re­lated charges have been re­leased. All three prime sus­pects and most of the oth­ers are eth­nic Greeks from the for­mer Soviet Union, po­lice said.

The case file con­tains the tes­ti­mony of one of the DIAS of­fi­cers who sur­vived the shoot­ing in Rendi on March 1 claim­ing to have pos­i­tively iden­ti­fied one of the sus­pects as the shooter. An ex­cerpt of the of­fi­cer’s de­po­si­tion reads: “I am sure it was him that shot at us. The mo­ment I saw him, my adren­a­line shot up, I was al­most in shock. I will never for­get his face and I will never for­get his move­ments just be­fore he started shoot­ing.”

Po­lice sources told Kathimerini that it was the anony­mous in­for­ma­tion sent to Athens’s se­cu­rity po­lice the day af­ter the fa­tal shoot­ing of Gior­gos Sky­loyian­nis, 22, and Yian­nis Evan­ge­linelis, 23, and the sus­pects’ cell phone con­ver­sa­tions, which were wire­tapped by po­lice, that led to the 12 ar­rests. The sus­pects had fre­quent phone con­ver­sa­tions with each other and with their rel­a­tives be­fore and af­ter the shoot­ing, ac­cord­ing to po­lice. “Their phys­i­cal pres­ence [at the scene of the crime] is proven by the mo­bile tele­phone masts that were ac­ti­vated dur­ing their con­ver­sa­tions,” an ex­tract of the case file reads.

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