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Terror suspect freed on bail

The brother of a left-wing terrorist killed in a gunfight with police 26 years ago was granted bail yesterday after answering charges of membership in a left-wing group and participation in a 1987 attempt on the life of a top unionist. In his testimony before examining judge Leonidas Zervobeakos – who handled the November 17 and Revolutionary Popular Struggle (ELA) investigations – Michalis Kassimis, a 58-year-old civil servant, denied charges that he had been a member of ELA or taken part in the 1987 attack on former General Confederation of Greek Labor Chairman Giorgos Raftopoulos. May 1, a group that merged with ELA in 1990, claimed responsibility for the attack. Kassimis’s brother, Christos, killed in 1977 in Rendi, western Athens, is believed to have been an ELA founding member. Four suspected ELA terrorists were arrested in January. Michalis Kassimis, who had also been questioned just after the Raftopoulos attack, was yesterday released on bail of 20,000 euros, forbidden to leave Greece and ordered to appear twice a month at his local police station.