An­ar­chist granted bail

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Costas Sakkas, the self-pro­claimed an­ar­chist who spent two-and-a-half years in pre­trial cus­tody un­til his re­lease in July, was yes­ter­day granted con­di­tional re­lease by an Athens prose­cu­tor. The de­ci­sion to re­lease the 30-year-old, on the con­di­tion that he does not leave the coun­try and posts 5,000 eu­ros in bail, came four days af­ter he was ar­rested by coun­tert­er­ror­ism of­fi­cers. Po­lice said they found his fin­ger­prints at one of the safe houses used by the Con­spir­acy of the Cells of Fire ur­ban guer­rilla group in Ha­lan­dri, north­east­ern Athens, some five years af­ter the premises was raided. Sakkas has ar­gued that the fin­ger­prints do not con­sti­tute damn­ing ev­i­dence as they were found on ob­jects that can­not be linked to any crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity. He de­nies any links with the guer­rilla group and has ap­pealed to the Euro­pean Court of Hu­man Rights over his pre­trial de­ten­tion, which sig­nif­i­cantly ex­ceeded the 18-month max­i­mum stip­u­lated by Greek law.

Pri­est ar­rested.

A 34-year-old pri­est is among five peo­ple who are due to re­spond to­day to charges that they stole icons and other valu­able re­li­gious items from churches in Thes­saly, cen­tral Greece, which they then sold. The five, three men and two women, were ar­rested while try­ing to sell 60,000 eu­ros’ worth of valu­ables to an un­der­cover po­lice­man. Of­fi­cers found two wooden re­li­gious icons and a book dat­ing back to 1765 in the sus­pects’ car. More relics were found when the sus­pects’ homes were searched. The five face charges of form­ing a crim­i­nal or­ga­ni­za­tion and break­ing Greece’s strict an­tiq­ui­ties law.

Il­le­gal adop­tion.

Po­lice are build­ing a case against five peo­ple in con­nec­tion with an il­le­gal adop­tion racket fol­low­ing the at­tempted sale of a 1-month-old Bul­gar­ian in­fant to a Greek cou­ple in the Cre­tan port of Rethymno, Kathimerini un­der­stands. Ac­cord­ing to po­lice, the cou­ple, a 58-year-old man and a 51-yearold woman, trav­eled to Athens last week and paid 30,000 eu­ros to buy the baby from its nat­u­ral mother. A lawyer and a nurse, both Greek, are be­lieved to be mem­bers of the racket. A prose­cu­tor has or­dered that the in­fant re­main with the cou­ple for the time be­ing, Kathimerini un­der­stands.

Crooked cop.

A po­lice of­fi­cer found to have put forged li­cense plates on two mo­tor­cy­cles, fol­low­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the force’s in­ter­nal af­fairs unit, was sus­pended yes­ter­day. The un­named of­fi­cer faces charges of forgery and of vi­o­lat­ing weapons laws af­ter a set of brass knuck­les was found in his pos­ses­sion.

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