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Terror suspect identified by police as Greek with no criminal record

A young man arrested late on Wednesday with a notebook containing suspected targets for a terrorist attack this weekend has been identified, according to police who said he is a Greek national with no criminal record.

According to sources, the man was identified through the rental contract for a garage in the Athens neighborhood of Vyronas where he was arrested late on Wednesday. The contract bore the details of the suspect’s police identity card which, it appears, was used by the leader of Revolutionary Struggle leader Nikos Maziotis to rent the space. The contract bears the fingerprints of Maziotis, who has been in jail since he was caught in a shootout with police in central Athens in July, police said.

The suspect is expected to face an investigating magistrate on Sunday on charges of membership of a terrorist organization. Since his arrest, the suspect has consistently refused to cooperate with police, according to sources who said the man, believed to be aged around 30, spoke to officers in Italian.

Police said on Thursday that they had foiled at the last minute a terrorist attack that had been planned for Saturday with the offices of New Democracy and various businessmen among the possible targets for the hit.