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Greece’s authorities bring terrorism charges against 9 Turks

Greek authorities brought terrorism charges against nine suspects, Turkish nationals of Kurdish origin. They were arrested in raids operation in three houses on Tuesday, just a week before the official visit of  Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Athens.

An Athens prosecutor also charged the eight men and one woman with offences including alleged arms and explosives possession, forgery and resisting arrest.

The eight were arrested Tuesday on suspicion of links with the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front, which is deemed a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union.

Police said a search of their residences uncovered detonators, a handgun and materials easily available on the market that could potentially be used to make explosives.

About 20 Kurdish protesters gathered outside the Athens court house where the suspects were charged, holding banners and shouting slogans against their detention.

However, the plans of the arrested remain a mystery – at least for the Greek media.

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