Police find another bank robbers’ hideout, more clues
Police said yesterday that they have found a manual describing how to construct a bomb that can be detonated by mobile phone at an Athens apartment which was rented by one of the four suspects held after a double bank robbery in Velvento, northern Greece, at the beginning of the month.
Officers said they also found 10 false identity cards, mobile phones, SIM cards, computer equipment and the personal details of several citizens. The police did not clarify who these citizens were or if they were considered potential targets.
Sources said that the police believe the discoveries at the property in Tourkovounia, northern Athens, link the original members of the Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire urban guerrilla group, which had bomb-making capabilities, with the four anarchists arrested in Velvento and the four suspects who managed to evade arrest. The SUV they made off in after the bank robberies was found in Naoussa yesterday. Hit by the brutal financial crisis, the Greek state is putting enormous pressure on its citizens to pay their taxes. It’s high time it did its own bit and start paying what it owes to suppliers and businesses in a more timely and organized fashion. At stake here is the very credibility of the central state. The political authorities must take all the necessary steps to restore the relationship of trust between citizens and the state that has been seriously damaged over the past few years. At the same time, paying off state debts is also a practical issue. Because this is the only way to finally inject some much-needed cash into the market. Despite the difficulties in determining the exact amount that the state owes to taxpayers, businesses and suppliers, it is very important that the state starts paying off its debts.