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DNA matches found in terror probe

Police forensic experts yesterday found a match between DNA evidence and fingerprints found in a house in the Kalyvia, southeastern Attica, that had been rented by the suspected leader of Revolutionary Struggle and similar evidence found at the terrorist group’s suspected hideout in the district of Kypseli, near central Athens. The test results indicate that the same people had frequented the home of 39-year-old Nikos Maziotis – currently in detention along with his girlfriend, Panayiota Roupa, 41, and another four suspects – as well as the Kypseli hideout, where police earlier this month discovered large quantities of explosives and guns. More DNA evidence discovered in the car of Constantinos Gournas, 30, one of the suspects currently in detention, has been matched to evidence found at the Kypseli hideout. Police have yet to determine whether the evidence matches that of any of the detained suspects, as all six of them have refused to give police DNA samples. Police sources said that it remained unclear yesterday whether the evidence might produce leads to other suspected members of Revolutionary Struggle. The same sources said that the evidence collected from the Kypseli hideout and the Kalyvia house did not tally with DNA samples gathered from other sites of terrorist attacks over the years that have yet to be matched to individuals. A police source told Kathimerini that forensic experts had inspected much of the huge weapons haul discovered at the Kypseli hideout but that there was still a long way to go before any reliable conclusions could be drawn. «We’re about 5 percent of the way through the process,» the source said.