03 August, 2004
The last three defendants in the ELA terrorism trial still in custody were released on Monday when the 18 months permitted for detention on remand elapsed. Aggeletos Kanas, Irene Athanassaki and Costas Agapiou are all on trial as suspected members of the terrorist group Revolutionary Popular Struggle (ELA) and face charges for a number of criminal acts attributed to the group, along with Christos Tsigaridas and Mihalis Kassimis who were already out on bail.
All three of the defendants were forbidden to leave Attica and required to appear at a police station at regular intervals until the trial ends. Kanas and Athanassaki were each required to post 4,000 euros bail, while the public prosecutor agreed not to demand bail from Agapiou.
As the trial continued on Monday, presiding judge Elisavet Brilli noted that it had been a difficult case marked by incomplete evidence and a lack of material witnesses. She said the court had been obliged to step up its pace due to the Olympics but stressed that this would not affect its judgment.
The trial process is continuing with the arguments of lawyers representing civil suits in this case.
Source: Athens News Agency