PhD stu­dent re­mains in jail

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The five-mem­ber Athens Ap­peals Court yes­ter­day re­jected an ap­peal by a 29-year-old PhD stu­dent who was con­victed last month of be­ing a mem­ber of the Con­spir­acy of the Cells of Fire, an ur­ban guer­rilla group known for car­ry­ing out a se­ries of let­ter bomb at­tacks. The stu­dent, re­ferred to in the lo­cal me­dia by her first name, Iri­anna, had asked for her 13-year jail sen­tence to be sus­pended. She was con­victed after a par­tial fin­ger­print was found on a gun clip dis­cov­ered in an arms cache. She de­nies hav­ing any in­volve­ment with the group. Her lawyer ar­gues that Iri­anna was only im­pli­cated be­cause her boyfriend was a sus­pected mem­ber of the group, al­though he was later cleared, and that the DNA ev­i­dence con­nect­ing her to the am­mu­ni­tion is not up to scru­tiny. Iri­anna, who worked as a teacher, ar­gued that her ca­reer and aca­demic am­bi­tions are be­ing dam­aged by be­ing kept in jail. How­ever, the court ruled in a ma­jor­ity de­ci­sion to con­tinue en­forc­ing the jail sen­tence after the pros­e­cu­tor ar­gued that if she is freed, there is a high prob­a­bil­ity of the 29-year-old re­of­fend­ing.

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