German caught in Greece charged with extremism

14th January 2011, Comments 0 comments

The daughter of a German alleged ex-militant caught in Athens on Friday along with four Greeks in an anti-terror sweep has been charged with participation in an extremist group and arms possession, a justice source said.

Marie Fee Meyer, 27, was arrested at her home in the Athens district of Nea Ionia a day after four youths were apprehended in a raid aimed at a Greek radical anarchist group that last year sent parcel bombs to foreign embassies.

Security forces were on heightened alert this week as several suspected members of the Conspiracy of Fire Nuclei group face trial on Monday and the outfit had threatened to carry out attacks against justice officials.

Police said Meyer had been living in Athens since arriving from Thessaloniki, Greece's second largest city, seven months ago, and had visited the other four suspects at a house in the Athens district of Vyronas.

A police raid there and at another house in the district of Tavros on Thursday found a Kalashnikov assault rifle with a matching silencer, a handgun, bullets and materials that could be used to make fake identity cards.

Forensic tests are ongoing but the handgun has not been matched to known attacks, the police said.

A prosecutor who pressed the charges on Friday did not identify the extremist group Meyer is accused of belonging to as investigation continues.

Meyer says she is an anarchist and refutes the charges, her lawyer said.

The 27-year-old was identified by police as the daughter of Barbara Meyer, who had been wanted for years by German police in connection to the Baader-Meinhof, or Red Army Faction, leftist organisation.

Active in Germany from 1970 to 1998, the Baader-Meinhof group carried out hundreds of bomb and arson attacks and was responsible for over 30 deaths.

Barbara Meyer gave herself up in 1999 in Lebanon, the semi-state Athens News Agency reported, but German authorities were later unable to link her to the group's criminal activities and investigations were dropped.

The four Greek men charged on Friday with Marie Fee Meyer, aged 21 to 23, had been wanted in connection to an arson attack against a public electricity company building in Thessaloniki in October in which a company truck was damaged.

Police said the raids were linked to ongoing investigations against the Conspiracy of Fire Nuclei group, several of whose alleged members are already behind bars and face trial on Monday.

Nine people accused of participation in the outfit's activities, which include scores of arson and bomb hits against government buildings and the offices and homes of politicians, will be tried on Monday at a special courtroom inside high security Korydallos prison near Athens.

Another four suspected members still at large will be tried in absentia.

In November the radical anarchist outfit sent more than a dozen booby-trapped parcels containing gunpowder to foreign embassies in Athens and to European leaders, slightly injuring a courier company employee.

Last month, it exploded a powerful bomb outside an Athens court and issued a manifesto threatening justice officials ahead of the Monday trial.

© 2011 AFP

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