6th ELA suspect to testify

A sixth suspected member of the Revolutionary Popular Struggle (ELA) left-wing terrorist group has been summoned to testify in connection with the attempted killing of a journalist in 1989, 12 days before the ELA trial is due to open in Athens. Epameinondas Skyftoulis was not indicted along with the other five ELA suspects on December 19, as the Council of Appeals Court Judges ordered further investigations into charges that he was behind the bomb attack on Kyriakos Diakoyiannis, for which ELA and its sister group, May 1, are held responsible. Yesterday, investigating judge Leonidas Zervobeakos, who handled the November 17 terrorism investigation, summoned Skyftoulis to testify today. Sources said that should Skyftoulis not answer the summons, he may be arrested. Two of the three ELA suspects held in pretrial detention since their arrests early last year – Angeletos Kanas and Irini Athanassaki – are also due to testify today in connection with eight ELA bomb attacks. The other three indicted suspects are Costas Agapiou, Christos Tsigaridas and Michalis Kassimis.

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