Imam freed as probe begins into mosque weapons

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A 47-year-old imam in charge of run­ning a mosque in the vil­lage of Iliope­tra in Xan­thi, north­east­ern Greece, was re­leased with­out charge yes­ter­day af­ter be­ing ques­tioned by po­lice in con­nec­tion with the dis­cov­ery of guns and am­mu­ni­tion at the prayer site.

Au­thor­i­ties were ex­am­in­ing two pis­tols, one with a si­lencer, and bul­lets that were dis­cov­ered in­side the mosque on Tuesday. They have also launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion whose out­come will de­ter­mine whether the imam faces charges.

The 47-year-old said the guns were not his and that the site is eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble to all. As for the shot­gun found in his home, he claimed to have ac­quired it years ago when a li­cense was not re­quired. His lawyer claimed the guns had been planted in the mosque in an at­tempt to “set up” his client.

De­fense Min­is­ter Panos Kam­menos (left) con­fers with the com­man­der of the Hel­lenic Armed Forces, Ad­mi­ral Evan­ge­los Apos­to­lakis (right), and the head of the Hel­lenic Air Force, Lieu­tenant Gen­eral Chris­tos Christodoulou (cen­ter), yes­ter­day at the An­dravida Air Base in the Pelo­pon­nese as Greek air­craft take part in a mil­i­tary ex­er­cise. US Am­bas­sador Ge­of­frey Py­att at­tended the ex­er­cise.

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