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09 July, 2002
The government on Monday condemned what it called "sordid" and "inexcusable" media speculation regarding the leaders of the terrorist group November 17 (or 17N), particularly reports containing thinly disguised portraits of specific people.
Government spokesman Christos Protopapas asked the political parties and the Athens journalists union (ESHEA) to "isolate these symptoms" that sacrificed reputations for profit and possibly served personal or political ends.
The spokesman also condemned main opposition New Democracy for trying to raise doubts regarding the government's intentions to fight terrorism, saying that they were undermining the work done by the authorities and failing to support the national effort against terrorism.
Meanwhile, the Greek police announced that they were allowing residents back into the Kypseli apartment block where the first of the group's two arms caches was found, and that all evidence found in the apartment will have been transferred to crime labs for further testing by Monday night.
They said that no arrest warrants would be issued at present, though it was still possible that further evidence might turn up that would allow arrests, such as fingerprints on the guns found in the apartments or the results of DNA tests on hair found within the two arms caches.
Source: Athens News Agency