Far-right group planned bomb hits

Cit­ing love of Zeus, 5 sus­pects held for Pelo­pon­nese blasts had eyed other tar­gets

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Five sus­pected mem­bers of a far­right group call­ing it­self Ep­silon – Greek Fight­ers’ Fac­tion, who were charged early yes­ter­day for bomb blasts last week in Kala­mata and Mys­tras in the Pelo­pon­nese, had been plan­ning a bar­rage of sim­i­lar at­tacks on tax of­fices and courts in the re­gion, ac­cord­ing to po­lice sources.

The sus­pects, a 52-year-old man from Kala­mata and four men from Drama, north­east­ern Greece, aged 25 to 34, re­port­edly told po­lice that they be­lieve in Zeus and are against both Chris­tian­ity and Golden Dawn. The sus­pects re­port­edly de­scribed the ne­o­fas­cist party as “a white Beelze­bub of the 21st cen­tury” and claimed the party was be­ing “ma­nip­u­lated.” The 52-year-old, an IT spe­cial­ist, is be­lieved to be the group’s ring­leader, hav­ing launched the blog omada-ep­silon.blogspot.gr in 2009.

He and his four co-de­fen­dants are sus­pected of plant­ing rudi­men­tary ex­plo­sive de­vices out­side the Bank of Greece in Kala­mata and at the statue of Byzan­tine Em­peror Con­stan­tine Palaiol­o­gos in Mys­tras. No­body was in­jured in the blasts last Fri­day. In both cases a sym­bol known as the Del­phic Ep­silon was spray-painted onto the walls where the ex­plo­sions took place. The sym­bol ap­pears at the Tem­ple of Apollo in Del­phi.

In raids on the sus­pects’ homes, the po­lice seized ex­plo­sives, shot­guns, some 2,500 car­tridges, swords and bows and ar­rows. Of­fi­cers also found an 11-page doc­u­ment with the ti­tle “The new glob­ally im­posed Ma­sonic su­per re­li­gion.”

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