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Yotopoulos ‘author of N17 texts’

A police handwriting expert yesterday told the court trying 19 suspected November 17 terrorists that notes found in one of the group’s hideouts, as well as a text associated with N17 and found jettisoned in the 1970s, were written by alleged N17 leader Alexandros Yotopoulos. Ioannis Makris said there was no doubt as to the authenticity of the annotations on an N17 proclamation discovered in the Patmou St safe house and the handwritten text on urban guerrilla warfare found on Mt Parnitha. He said the handwriting style was «brimming over with individuality, heartfelt and authentic.» Makris added that the two texts had been attributed to the same author before Yotopoulos’s arrest on July 17, 2002, and matched a handwriting sample provided by the 59-year-old, Paris-born translator. Yotopoulos claimed that most of the documents had been forged using computer software, but admitted to having written some of the Parnitha texts. Over the past few days, the prosecution has presented several items of evidence associating Yotopoulos with N17 – a link he denies.