A 31-year-old man accused of being a member of leftist guerrilla group Revolutionary Struggle and of planning an imminent terrorist attack, announced on Tuesday morning that he is going on hunger and thirst strike in order to pressure authorities to remand him in custody at the Greek capital’s Korydallos Prison.
In a posting on the anarchist website Indymedia, Antonis Stamboulos said that he is currently being held at a transfer cell at the Athens police headquarters, refuting earlier reports that he was being held at Korydallos. He voiced his concern that his being still in police custody could mean that he will be transferred to a prison located far away from Athens in order to serve the maximum 18-month term of his pre-trial custody. He claimed in his post that this would be intended to put pressure on him to talk by making it harder for his family and legal counsel to visit.
“I am warning that I will not accept to go anywhere other than Korydallos, near my family and my lawyer,” Stamboulos said on the website in reference to the prison outside Piraeus. “So I state that I am starting, as of now, a hunger and thirst strike! And I am warning that the only way they will take me out of here is by dragging me out.”
Stamboulos was arrested in the Athens neighborhood of Vyronas last Wednesday night as he tried to open a garage where officers found the roof rack of a car believed to have been used in a bombing outside the Bank of Greece last April.
Officers found in Stamboulos’s possession a notebook with a list of suspected targets including the offices of New Democracy as well as leading businessmen.