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Memory sticks point to suspects’ jailbreak plan

Five memory sticks found at an apartment in Tourkovonia, northwestern Athens, which has been linked to one of the suspects detained for a double bank robbery in Velvento in northern Greece earlier this month, has pointed to a plan to help convicted members of an urban guerrilla group escape from prison.

The data on one of the five USB sticks was encrypted and so the flash drive was sent for an analysis, police said. The data on the remaining four flash drives included a wealth of data including a detailed description of a plan to remove convicted members of the Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire from Attica’s high-security Korydallos Prison, photographs and videos of various bank branches (possibly targets for armed robberies), letters addressed to jailed members of the Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire, documents with information about the comparative benefits of different types of bullet-proof vests, microcameras and other equipment, and two letters written by two of the Velvento robbery suspects, Dimitris Politis, Yiannis Michailidis.

Another memory stick found during a police search earlier this month at an apartment in the Athens suburb of Halandri contains segments of proclamations issued after a number of recent terrorist attacks. The device contained parts of proclamations made after bomb attacks on the homes of former Finance Minister Yiannos Papantoniou, ex-Environment Ministry general secretary Maria Kaltsa and the offices of Transam Trading Co late last year. The raids were claimed by groups calling themselves Fires on the Horizon and Militant Minority.