Arsonists target summer home of ex socialist PM Costas Simitis
Counter-terrorism officers were on Friday examining the remains of a makeshift bomb that detonated in the early hours of the morning outside the summer home of former socialist prime minister Costas Simitis in Aghioi Theodoroi, near Corinth, causing widespread damage but no injuries.
Noone was in the house at the time of the suspected arson attack which destroyed the house’s living room and kitchen, according to the fire service. The perpetrators had planted the bomb in front of the main balcony door which they had doused with petrol, according to sources. The authorities were alerted after the fire caused by the device set off the house’s alarm system.
Simitis, whose primary residence in the capital, was prime minister under PASOK between 1996 and 2004.
Arrests after Exarchia police station attack
A 26-year-old man accused of being part of a group of around 30 people that threw rocks and Molotov cocktails at a police precinct in Exarchia, central Athens, on Friday is due to appear before a magistrate on Tuesday to face charges that include attempted grievous bodily harm and illegal possession of explosives.
The suspect was arrested immediately after the raid, which caused damage but no injuries.
Two more men, aged 18 and 20, were arrested a little later but they are to face misdemeanor charges.
A posting on the Indymedia website on Sunday claimed the attack was carried out in solidarity with five men being held on suspicion of being members of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire.
Bomb scare at appeals court proves false
Police on Tuesday evacuated the Athens appeals court on central Loukareos Street as a bomb disposal crew swept the building following an anonymous telephone call earlier in the day saying that a bomb had been placed in the premises.
The call was made at 11.20 a.m. to Vima FM radio station, warning that an explosive device was timed to go off at 11.55 a.m. at the Athens appeals court.
The building was evacuated as a precautionary measure while explosives experts continued to search the premises for explosives.
Three ATMs targeted in Athens
Three bank ATMs were targeted by unknown assailants in the early hours of Friday in Athens. The cash dispensers were located in the areas of Galatsi, Neos Kosmos, and Papagou. The three attacks took place within a span of eight minutes.
According to initial police reports, the ATMs were doused with inflammable liquid and set on fire.