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Terror suspects in holding cells

Three suspected members of terrorist group Revolutionary Struggle were remanded in custody yesterday after two refused to testify before an investigating magistrate and the third denied the charges. Another three suspects are to appear before the same magistrate today. Meanwhile, police detained three suspected members of the less established urban guerrilla group Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire, as well as the mother of one of the suspects. The suspected leader of Revolutionary Struggle, 39-year-old Nikos Maziotis, and his girlfriend, 41-year-old Panayiota Roupa, who is pregnant, both issued short statements. «You are the criminals, the state and capitalism,» Maziotis is cited as saying, while Roupa was quoted as stating, «I don’t recognize your procedures, your state or your political system.» Sarantos Nikitopoulos, 32, refuted charges linking him to the organization. According to sources, Nikitopoulos claimed to only have been linked to the group because his fingerprints were found on a petition expressing solidarity with jailed anarchist Polykarpos Georgiadis. Nikitopoulos was quoted as saying that the same petition had circulated «across half of Greece.» In a related development, police detained three suspected members of guerrilla group Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire, as well as the mother of one of the suspects, following a raid on the latter’s home in Kallithea, southern Athens, where they had gathered on Tuesday night. The three suspects are believed to be members of a hardcore supporters’ club of Athens soccer team AEK. One of the three is said to have been linked to a house in Halandri, northern Athens, believed to have functioned as the group’s hideout.