Afghan arrested for unpaid restaurant bill charged with possessing explosives

An Afghan national who was caught carrying dozens of detonators when detained for not paying a restaurant bill has been charged with illegal possession of explosives, Greek authorities announced on Monday.

According to a police announcement, the foreign national was led before a public prosecutor on Sunday based on the case built up against him by the Greek counter-terrorism squad and charges were brought against him. He will now appear before an examining magistrate on Tuesday morning.

The suspect was apprehended on Saturday by police following up a complaint by a restaurant owner, who accused him of refusing to pay a bill. At the time of his arrest, he was found to be carrying a bag containing 78 detonators, two 190gr canisters of butane – of which one was attached to a gas stove – two pieces of slow-burning fuse, two lighters and cloth fibres.

Investigating officers believe that the foreign national was carrying these material in order to deliver them to others. The investigation is continuing.