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Terrorists’ data found

Police believe that they have found the main computer used by Revolutionary Struggle to plan its terrorist attacks. A search on a car parked in Nea Philadelphia, northern Athens, turned up two Zastava handguns that do not appear to have been used in any attack, 119,000 euros in cash and a computer. Officers are most interested in the information they discovered on the computer’s hard drive. This included all of Revolutionary Struggle’s proclamations, including that issued after their first attack in 2003, information on making explosives and a list of possible targets, including politicians, businessmen and journalists. Next to each potential target, there was detailed information about their security arrangements, including the number of guards they have and what kind of protection their vehicles have against bullets or bombs. There was also a list of companies that use explosives in their business. The vehicle belongs to 30-year-old Constantinos Gournas, one of the six people who have been arrested on suspicion of being members of Revolutionary Struggle. Gournas appeared before a judge yesterday and, like the group’s alleged mastermind Nikos Maziotis, refused to recognize the court and suggested that the «real terrorists» were the policemen who arrested him. He also claimed that officers had beaten him and threatened the lives of his children to extract information from him. The other two suspects arrested on Sunday, Christoforos Kortesis and Evangelos Stathopoulos, are due appear in court today. Meanwhile, an Athens prosecutor yesterday deemed that there was not enough evidence to charge three men and the mother of one of them with terrorism offenses. The four suspects were arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of being members of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire, which has carried out several bomb attacks. The prosecutor referred the case to a magistrate after rejecting the police’s claim that the suspects’ possession of 25 large firecrackers was evidence of their involvement in the terrorist group. Officers insist the firecrackers are vital in the construction of explosive devices. Also, one of the suspected members of the group, Manolis Giospas, who had been in custody since last year, was released yesterday pending trial.