Se­cu­rity lapse probed

In­ves­ti­ga­tion into bomb blast that hurt Pa­pade­mos points to se­ri­ous short­com­ings

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A month-and-a-half after Lu­cas Pa­pade­mos and two other peo­ple were hurt after the for­mer prime min­is­ter opened a let­ter bomb in his car, an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the Greek Po­lice (ELAS) into the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing the in­ci­dent has pointed to se­ri­ous se­cu­rity lapses.

The probe is be­ing over­seen by the force’s de­part­ment for the pro­tec­tion of VIPs, which is also re­spon­si­ble for the se­cu­rity of Greece’s Par­lia­ment build­ing, Kathimerini un­der­stands. The of­fi­cial who is in charge of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion has al­ready started prob­ing the cir­cum­stances un­der which the par­cel bomb ended up in the hands of Pa­pade­mos, who was se­ri­ously in­jured in the blast. The of­fi­cial has sum­moned mem­bers of Pa­pade­mos’s se­cu­rity de­tail as well as Par­lia­ment guards who had been en­trusted with check­ing his mail that day in Par­lia­ment’s x-ray ma­chine.

Ac­cord­ing to a well-in­formed source, all three of the of­fi­cers that had been ac­com­pa­ny­ing Pa­pade­mos from cen­tral Athens to his home in the north­ern sub­urb of Psy­chico that day were sum­moned last week to ex­plain their move­ments. The Par­lia­ment guards who failed to check the en­ve­lope are ex­pected to be called on to do the same thing.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors are re­port­edly pay­ing close to at­ten­tion to the tes­ti­mony sup­plied by a 35-year-old mem­ber of Pa­pade­mos’s se­cu­rity de­tail, who brought the for­mer pre­mier’s mail to Par­lia­ment that day.

A po­lice source with knowl­edge of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion told Kathimerini that the probe will be com­pleted within two months.

Mean­while au­thor­i­ties re­main on standby for a pos­si­ble fresh terrorist at­tack. Sources cite con­cern that the guer­rilla group Con­spir­acy of the Cells of Fire had in­di­cated in March, after claim­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity for a par­cel bomb sent to Ger­man Fi­nance Min­is­ter Wolf­gang Schaeu­ble, that a new procla­ma­tion was in the cards.

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