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Heavy sentences for three members of Revolutionary Struggle over attacks, including US Embassy raid

Three people were given 50-year prison sentences each on Wednesday after being found guilty of taking part in attacks claimed by urban guerrilla group Revolutionary Struggle, including the firing of a rocket-propelled grenade into the U.S. Embassy in Athens in 2007.

Nikos Maziotis, Panayiota Roupa and Costas Gournas were convicted of taking part in a string of bombings, including the embassy attack.

Maziotis and Roupa were convicted in absentia as they have been on the run since June 2012, when they were released from pre-trial custody.

Gournas’s wife, Mari Beraha, was one of three suspects cleared by the court. Two more members of the group received 7- and 7.5-year sentences..

Nobody died in the attacks by the Revolutionary Struggle group, which was active between 2003 and 2009. The group shot and severely injured a riot policeman in 2009, while several other people suffered minor injuries in other attacks.