Jailed ter­ror­ists used new re­cruits for par­cel bombs

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The par­cel bombs sent last week to Berlin and Paris were dis­patched by new mem­bers of the Con­spir­acy of the Cells of Fire who were re­cruited by jailed mem­bers of the guer­rilla group, the Greek po­lice’s (ELAS) counter-ter­ror­ism depart­ment be­lieves.

Ac­cord­ing to a po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion, the new re­cruits man­u­fac­tured the crude ex­plo­sive de­vices and sent them from post boxes in cen­tral Athens – rather than branches of Hel­lenic Post (ELTA) which have sur­veil­lance cam­eras – to Ger­man Fi­nance Min­is­ter Wolf­gang Schaeu­ble in Berlin and to the of­fices of the In­ter­na­tional Mon­e­tary Fund in Paris.

The con­victed mem­bers of the guer­rilla group in At­tica’s high-se­cu­rity Ko­ry­dal­los Prison have ac­cess to the internet and cell­phones, and are per­mit­ted to give in­ter­views, thus broad­en­ing their cir­cle of in­flu­ence, a source at ELAS said.

The same source in­di­cated that ELAS’s counter-ter­ror­ism unit has files on cer­tain in­di­vid­u­als who were in­volved in at­tacks or at­tempted at­tacks over the past year, in­clud­ing a bomb blast at the cen­tral Athens home of pros­e­cu­tor Ge­or­gia Tsa­tani last Oc­to­ber.

Au­thor­i­ties are also con­cerned that lax se­cu­rity in Greek jails are mak­ing it easy for con­victed ter­ror­ists to con­tinue di­rect­ing fol­low­ers from their cells. The prison wings are not prop­erly guarded and there is no su­per­vi­sion of vis­i­tors to the con­victs, a source at ELAS’s counter-ter­ror­ism unit told Kathimerini.

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