Fugi­tive ter­ror­ist to join part­ner in Ko­ry­dal­los Prison

Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Strug­gle’s Roupa col­lared

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Mem­bers of Greece’s coun­tert­er­ror­ism depart­ment were yes­ter­day ques­tion­ing Pana­giota Roupa, a lead­ing mem­ber of the Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Strug­gle ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion, fol­low­ing her ar­rest in Ilioupoli, south­east­ern Athens, early in the morn­ing.

On the run since 2014, 48-yearold Roupa was found in hid­ing with her 5-year-old son dur­ing a raid shortly af­ter 6 a.m. by of­fi­cers of the Greek Po­lice’s coun­tert­er­ror­ism depart­ment and the EKAM spe­cial forces.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice sources, Roupa, whose part­ner is the jailed leader of Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Strug­gle Nikos Mazi­o­tis, did not at­tempt to re­sist ar­rest or reach for a gun she had on her but asked of­fi­cers to pro­tect her child.

In a par­al­lel op­er­a­tion, po­lice ar­rested a 25-year-old wo­man af­ter raid­ing an apart­ment in Aghios Dimitrios. The wo­man, who was de­tained on charges of har­bor­ing a crim­i­nal, is al­leged to have helped Roupa dur- ing her time on the run.

Po­lice dis­cov­ered her al­leged link to Roupa af­ter ob­serv­ing Roupa’s safe house in Ilioupoli in re­cent months. The 25-year-old, who is also said to have baby-sat for Roupa’s son, had not been on the Greek Po­lice’s radar be­fore that.

In ad­di­tion, po­lice de­tained a third sus­pect, who is be­lieved to be linked to a se­ries of armed rob­beries car­ried out by Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Strug­gle and to have close ties to Roupa her­self. He was ar­rested in the Athens sub­urb of Nea Smyrni dur­ing a raid that led to the con­fis­ca­tion of a pis­tol and hand grenade.

More guns and am­mu­ni­tion were dis­cov­ered in a raid on a garage in Alimos a few hours af­ter the ar­rests, ac­cord­ing to sources. Po­lice also seized two stolen cars, a Golf and Hyundai, which mem­bers of the or­ga­ni­za­tion are be­lieved to have used.

Af­ter their ar­rest, the three sus­pects were de­tained at the At­tica Gen­eral Po­lice Head­quar­ters (GADA) for ques­tion­ing while Roupa’s son was put un­der the pro­tec­tion of a prose­cu­tor for mi­nors.

Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Strug­gle has claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for sev­eral armed at­tacks, in­clud­ing fir­ing a rocket-pro­pelled grenade at the US Em­bassy in Athens in 2007.

Ac­cord­ing to a po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion, Roupa moved to the Ilioupoli apart­ment with her son shortly af­ter aban- don­ing a safe house in Pe­fki, north­ern Athens, fol­low­ing the ar­rest of Mazi­o­tis af­ter a shootout with po­lice in cen­tral Athens in the sum­mer of 2014.

A high-rank­ing po­lice of­fi­cer said au­thor­i­ties had in­di­ca­tions re­cently that the 48-year-old had been liv­ing in the south­ern sub­urbs and the in­ves­ti­ga­tion had fo­cused on Ilioupoli and two more ad­ja­cent mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties in re­cent weeks.

Roupa is to be trans­ferred to At­tica’s high-se­cu­rity Ko­ry­dal­los Prison where she is to con­tinue serv­ing a 50-year sen­tence for her role in Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Strug­gle. Last year, Roupa was al­legedly in­volved in the hi­jack­ing of a he­li­copter, with which au­thor­i­ties sus­pect she had aimed to fly to Ko­ry­dal­los and re­lease Mazi­o­tis. But the at­tempt failed af­ter the pi­lot re­sisted and the he­li­copter landed in a ru­ral area far from Athens.

Pana­giota Roupa, a lead­ing mem­ber of the mil­i­tant Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Strug­gle or­ga­ni­za­tion, is es­corted by anti-ter­ror­ist po­lice of­fi­cers to a court in Athens fol­low­ing her ar­rest in the early hours of yes­ter­day morn­ing.

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