Greece: Turkish suspects charged with terror acts deny charges

Nine Turkish nationals appeared before a Greek prosecutor in Athens, Wednesday, to answer terrorism charges. The nine were arrested during a police operation on Tuesday for alleged ties with a banned Turkish militant group. Protesters gathered in the courtyard in support of the detainees while holding banners and chanting slogans. According to their lawyer Aleka Zorbala «they have no relation... Еще to any of the charges» since «most of them are refugees.» She added that her clients claim that the «arrest is not accidental and that it’s directly related to the imminent visit of Mr. Erdogan» adding that «it is considered to be a good-will gesture from the Greek government towards Mr. Erdogan.» The suspects, eight men and one woman, are allegedly connected to the Marxist-Leninist group Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party (DHKP-C) that is considered a terrorist group by the European Union, the United States and Turkey. The suspects face charges including participation in armed foreign organisation, terrorism, forgery of public documents and possession of guns and explosives. The suspects were reportedly planning an attack on Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, during his visit to Athens on December 6 and 7.

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