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EYP cleared of abductions

Nearly five years after a group of Pakistani immigrants claimed to have been kidnapped by special agents and questioned about suspected links to international terrorism, a court has ruled that the National Intelligence Service (EYP) had no role in any such activities. «There is no evidence that EYP used such methods,» a council of misdemeanors court judges concluded, referring to claims that 28 Pakistanis were interrogated in apartments in Athens and the northwestern city of Ioannina in July 2005 over terrorist bombings that had killed dozens in London earlier that month. The court exonerated the former deputy director of EYP, Serapheim Tsitsibis, and EYP employee Chronis Bakopoulos. Charges lodged against another six EYP employees had been dropped earlier. The council said the affair stemmed from «a dispute within Greece’s Pakistani community,» adding that «Pakistanis were bribed to say they had been victims of abduction.»