Police seek terrorist connections, arms caches

Counterterrorism police officers continued an investigation over the weekend into the connections of 31-year-old Antonis Stamboulos, who has been linked to jailed Revolutionary Struggle leader Nikos Maziotis.

Officers released a new photograph of Stamboulos without glasses and with a beard and appealed to citizens with information to call 1014 or 10414 anonymously.

After a search on Stamboulos’s family home in the northern Athens suburb of Maroussi, officers raided apartments in Kypseli and Thiseio in a search for arms and explosives.

Meanwhile Stamboulos posted a message on the anarchist website Indymedia, saying he “will not yield.” “For now, I am a prisoner in the hands of the servants of capitalism, but my heart is still with the revolutionaries,” he wrote.

Stamboulos was arrested last Wednesday outside a garage in the Athenian suburb of Vyronas which was found to contain the roof rack of a car used in a bombing at the Bank of Greece last April. Officers were tipped off about the garage after the owner complained he hadn’t received any rent since July 16, the day Maziotis was arrested after a shootout with police in central Athens. Officers established the suspect’s identity after finding his scooter parked near the garage. The suspect had the keys for the scooter on him, as well as other keys.

Stamboulos doesn’t have a police record but he is believed to be a senior member of Revolutionary Struggle.

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