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Phone calls link extortion rings to terror group

Wiretapped phone calls involving suspected members of major extortion rackets broken up by police last week suggest that these criminal rings were selling weapons to Greece?s deadliest active urban guerrilla group, Sect of Revolutionaries, Kathimerini has learned.

According to sources, members of the National Intelligence Service (EYP) who tapped phone calls made by suspected members of four different extortion rackets found strong evidence to suggest that these rings supplied arms to the Sect of Revolutionaries. The group has claimed responsibility for the killing of a journalist and a police witness protection officer over the past two years.

Last Thursday, police said they had broken four criminal rings whose suspected members include police officers and a popular singer who are believed to be behind the extortion of dozens of businesses in and around the capital as well as robberies and attempted contract killings.