Fresh charges for N17 suspect

As Public Order Minister Michalis Chrysochoidis and top Greek anti-terrorism officials held talks with US officials in Washington, fresh charges were pressed yesterday against a suspected November 17 terrorist held in Athens’s Korydallos Prison pending trial. Vassilis Xeros, 28, was accused of participation in the February 1996 attack on the US Embassy building in Athens with an anti-tank missile, and is to testify on the matter tomorrow. He will also be questioned in connection with the assassinations of Costis Peratikos and British Defense Attache Stephen Saunders, as well as a string of bank robberies and missile attacks on banks and foreign car dealers. Other N17 suspects will be testifying this week regarding supplementary charges. In Washington, Chrysochoidis – accompanied by the heads of the police anti-terrorism and Athens 2004 security departments – discussed the course of investigations into N17 with General John Gordon, a presidential adviser on national security. Talks also focused on Greece’s role in the US campaign against international terrorism, and 2004 security.