Nine Turkish nationals arrested in Athens remanded in custody

Nine Turkish nationals, eight men and one woman, arrested by Greek authorities in Athens last week on terrorism-related charges were on Monday remanded in custody.

The nine were arrested following a major police operation in the Athens districts of Neos Kosmos and Kallithea and are alleged members of the militant Turkish party Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party/Front (DHKP-C), which is classed as a terrorist group in the EU, US and Turkey. According to the charges against them, they were planning an attack on Turkish President Recep Tayyip during his visit to Greece on December 6-7.

They were charged with forming and joining a terrorist organisation, acquisition and possession of explosive materials and bombs as an act of terrorism, illegal possession of hand-guns, ammunition and explosives as an act of terrorism, forgery and use of fake public documents, resisting arrest, illegal weapons possession (for knives that were confiscated) and illegal possession of fire crackers and smoke canisters.

They reportedly submitted written statements to the investigating magistrate, denying the actions they are accused of, and stressing that “solidarity with those struggling for their rights and freedom is not terrorism.”