Arson suspect jailed pending trial

Arson suspect jailed pending trial

A British national arrested in connection with a suspected arson attempt in a wooded area of Malakasa, east Attica, on Sunday morning, was remanded into pretrial custody on Tuesday.

The decision to jail the 31-year-old was agreed by the magistrate and the public prosecutor handling the case after he presented his testimony. The suspect was arrested by a motorcycle-riding DIAS unit after Malakasa residents called the police to say he was seen starting a small fire with dry leaves and a lighted candle close the Athens-Thessaloniki national highway, which traverses the area.

Officers found in his possession five lighters, candles, a gas canister, and three different burner phones, according to the case file.

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