NEWS

Focus on missing terror suspects

An investigating magistrate questioning four suspected members of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire has largely focused on discovering more about an additional six suspected members of the group being sought by counterterrorism officers, sources told Kathimerini yesterday. The six additional suspects are Giorgos Nikolopoulos, his brother Michalis, Giorgos Karayiannidis, Constantina Karayiannidis, Eleni Contopoulou and Bolano Damiano. According to the same sources, the magistrate is particularly interested in Giorgos Nikolopoulos, as he is alleged to have lived in the apartment in Halandri belonging to Hatzimichelakis where police found an improvised explosive device last week. The device is virtually identical to that used in an attack on the Macedonia-Thrace Ministry in Thessaloniki last month, sources revealed. Earlier this week officers had highlighted the similarity between the device found in Halandri and bombs used to target the Kolonaki home of PASOK Deputy Louka Katseli last week and the Palaio Faliro home of former Deputy Interior Minister Panayiotis Hinofotis in July. Hatzimichelakis reportedly testified that he knew the Nikolopoulos brothers, as they had all attended the Arsakeio, a top private school in Athens. Manolis Yiospas, another detained suspect, reportedly revealed that some of the six suspects being sought by police had gathered at Hatzimichelakis’s apartment several times but that he had heard no suspicious discussions.