Police arrest wanted urban guerrilla suspect and alleged bank robber

Police arrest wanted urban guerrilla suspect and alleged bank robber

Police in the Peloponnese on Thursday arrested two fugitives – one a suspected urban guerrilla who violated his parole and another wanted for bank robberies – authorities announced on Friday.

Costas Sakkas and Marios Seisidis were identified from their arrest warrants while driving in a car near the town of Sparta.

The warrant on Sakkas was issued after he failed to report to his police station in Piraeus a few days ago as part of his conditional release from jail. He stands accused of participation in the Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire urban guerrilla group.

The 32-year-old self-proclaimed anarchist has denied any connection with the terrorist group, though he has admitted to being on “friendly terms” with some of its members.

Marios Seisidis, his brother Simos and a man identified as Grigoris Tsironis are wanted over seven bank robberies committed and attempted almost a decade ago.

Both suspects are in the custody of the counterterrorism unit for questioning.

Investigators probing the activities of Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire, suspected of being behind at least 11 bombings of high-profile targets, believe the group funded its anti-establishment actions by committing bank robberies.

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