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British plane-watchers accused of ‘espionage’

A group of British plane-watchers is awaiting trial on espionage-related charges in Kalamata after being arrested near a military base. Police said the 15 aircraft enthusiasts were arrested late Thursday in the southwestern town after attending a public event to mark a Greek Air Force holiday at a nearby military airfield. They are due to give testimony today before an investigating magistrate. They were charged Friday with espionage-related crimes and are being held at Kalamata police station. Police said two members of the party are Dutch citizens. The others are British and include two women. Military investigators later found that they had taken photographs of two other bases – at Tanagra and the NATO base at Araxos. The group was traveling on an excursion organized by Touchdown Tours, which organizes trips to air shows and air force facilities around Europe. (AP) They have abandoned the concept of a single state with two politically equal communities called for by the Security Council, he said.