Algerians caught at university sit-in to go on trial

Two Algerian men who were arrested on April 14 as they came out of the main building of Athens University, which was then under occupation by anti-establishment protesters, are to stand trial, it was revealed Tuesday.

“I am not sure exactly what happened with them but their case has been referred to trial, which means that something against them cropped up,” Alternate Minister for Citizens’ Protection Yiannis Panousis told Kathimerini.

The two Algerians, aged 43 and 45, said they were representatives of a tobacco company who were staying at the luxury Grand Bretagne hotel, near to the university. Authorities said their claim proved correct but, unlike in the case of two other tourists arrested coming out of the occupied building, a decision was taken to prosecute them.

Kathimerini understands the National Intelligence Service has been investigating the circumstances surrounding the two men’s presence in Greece.

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