Sources: Police poised to nab ELA terrorists

Following months of false alarms, counterterrorism authorities are finally poised to net suspected members of Greece’s second most important left-wing terrorist group, the now-disbanded Revolutionary Popular Struggle (ELA), police and Public Order Ministry sources said yesterday. A police source told Kathimerini that arrests could be made at any time, adding that the operation would depend on whether weather conditions improved. Police have reportedly identified up to six members of the group that was active in the 1980s and officially disbanded in 1995. ELA is believed to have had close ties with November 17, 19 alleged members of which are to stand trial on March 3. Yesterday, the Synaspismos Left Coalition accused the authorities of conducting «a long public disinformation campaign» of leaks on imminent ELA arrests, with several names of supposed suspects being bandied about in the press.