Greece: About the hunger strike of Mohamed A, a refugee facing deportation to Turkey

Since October 2016, Mohamed A. has been in administrative detention at the police station on Lesbos and he is facing deportation since his political asylum applications have been rejected. Mohamed began a hunger strike on the 12th of December in order to be granted asylum and prevent his deportation to Turkey.

With the gradual deterioration of his health in the last few days, he was taken to Vostaneio Hospital of Mytilene where doctors judged that his admission for proper healthcare would be necessary. Mohamed was taken back to jail in order to collect his possessions with the reassurance that he would be taken back to hospital, but as soon as he got back to the jail the police kept him there and told him he would be taken back the next morning. When he got back to the hospital the next day, he was deceived into giving his consent for voluntary discharge after being told that he would be soon transferred to Athens. In spite of those promises, on December 12th, the chief of the local police department announced that Mohamed would be deported to Turkey via the processes determined by the E.U.- Turkey deal. Due to the insistence of people in solidarity and certain attorneys Mohamed was admitted to the hospital, where he was given an IV treatment for symptoms of exhaustion (dizzy, collapsed, blurry vision) . His hospitalization eventually led to the cancellation of his deportation to Turkey which unfortunately did not apply for the 10 immigrants deported back to Turkey this morning. While Mohamed is still in hospital the authorities are pressuring the doctors to sign his discharge in order to continue with his deportation. The authorities have also banned people in solidarity from visiting Mohamed, in complete disregard of the rules and regulations of the hospital.

By aiming to deport an immigrant hunger striker on the 32nd day of his hunger strike, the state and its servants are taking this totalitarianism a step further, since nothing similar has ever happened in the past for the obvious reason that the man’s life is in danger. These are the mechanisms of the state itself which could keep in captivity a 6 year-old child to take revenge against his parents, shut down events at public universities and torture thousands of immigrants daily in detention centers until their final deportation. A state which has the power to decide on the life and death of those who are no longer useful, those who are “too many”, those who resist.

We express our solidarity with all those subjected to the violence of separation, racism and exploitation. Our solidarity is with the hundreds of immigrants who have been deported and the thousands who remain captive inside the centers of detention, isolation and deportation. Our solidarity is with those who fight daily against the devaluation of human lives.

Solidarity with the hunger striker Mohamed A.
Grant his demands immediately.
Stop all deportations.

Musaferat, 13.01.2017

(via Musaferat, translated by BlackCat)

A letter from the hunger striker Mohamed A. (03.01.17)

When the heart becomes silent within the cage of the thorax, the entire body ceases its function. The pain might govern the heart but the true spirit lies in not giving up in time…

Heartbeats of pain in a prison cage

You shouldn’t care about what you might hold in your hands today because tomorrow you might lose it. One day you might find yourself in my place, you might be the visitor in my country. When that day comes I will be better than this! Don’t overestimate your power today, because tomorrow you might be in a hospital and I could be the one who donates blood. Generosity is in how I behave…

Do you think I could get convicted for speaking of justice and for all I feel for the suffering of the people around me? If people are found guilty for speaking of justice, for empowering the weak, for fighting against injustice and saying NO, then I accept the punishment. I would rather die an honest, courageous and decent man, telling the truth, than to live a life without honour and dignity, being a hypocrite. Even if I possessed half of the treasures of this entire world, that would mean nothing because you can’t buy these things with money. This is humanity. Not judging people by colour or religion. We are all equal here. If I am being punished for being human, then this is the purpose of torture: a life without honour, decency, justice. A life where the cowards reign. Oh my God! How brutal is this punishment of conscience…

I am full of strength and I am not forcing you to respect me because, at this time, my strength is fear. Now I am not using my strength because I am trying to understand what you are made of and to not be influenced by it. Because I am like gold: even if you melt it, it is still gold. I won’t change. You will not be able to decrease my potential and strength. Even if you don’t improve your behavior towards me I will not try to confront you, I will not become like you. I will remain as I am and nobody will stop me from speaking of justice.

Here, in this society many people feel what I mean to say because they are full of emotions, they have the ability to understand others and know the meaning of truth. They understand how good it feels to spread love among all religions. How beautiful it is to live in a society that does not know lies or hatred and only wishes for love and peace.

I will defend justice and equality and I will fight against injustice. I will support those who were treated unfairly. I will feel the pain of others even that costs my own lie. No, to a life without equality!

I will be the pen which spews the ink of justice so that the ones who suffered injustice would win and injustice would be demolished.

these questions were at the end of Mohamed’s letter

Questions:
Where are those who say they defend human rights? Are those just words and do not exist in reality? Are you looking for an answer? Sorry, there is no answer.
This is not the whole story. This was just an introduction. Twenty-two days without food, I have no more strength. I want to speak to you about racism and the ethos of some people. I want to tell you what happened in Egypt. To speak to you about everything…

Thank you

(via Musaferat, translated by BlackCat)

Posted in Greece, Hunger Strike, Lesbos, Mohamed A, Mytilene, Refugee Solidarity Movement, Refugee Struggle, Refugees, Turkey

So-called ‘Australia’: #7DaysOfResistance / Decolonization in the lead up to #InvasionDay2017

7 days of Resistance/Decolonization In the lead up to Invasion Day 2017: Banner drops, Making stencils, interrupting aus day celebrations, paint images words/wording on walls and roads, steal and burn aus rags, making clap sticks, boomerangs, weaving, painting up, make spears, dancing on country, smoking/cleansing house and people, organize talks with elders young people, sharing deadly art work from our mob. using the hashtag #7DaysOfResistance we will start on the 20th of Jan

We encourage non-Aboriginal people to get involved.

#7DaysOfResistance #KeepTheFireBurning #InvasionDay2017

(via Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance)

*Also check out Decolonise Australia Blog for some ideas from last year!

Posted in #7DaysOfResistance, #InvasionDay2017, Australia, Banners, Decolonization, Decolonize, Direct Action, Graffiti, Indigenous Solidarity, Indigenous Struggle, Invasion Day, so-called 'Australia', Stencils, Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance

Hambach, Germany: Coordinated arson attacks against energy multinational RWE

In the late hours of 25-11-16, we carried out coordinated arson attacks against the German energy multinational RWE in the vicinity of the Hambach opencast lignite mine. We have delayed this communique until now (11-1-17) for strategic purposes.

After a scout of the area, we split up and set fire to six pumping stations, two electrical transformers, one digger and a substation of the electrical grid.
Pumping stations are key pieces of the mines infrastructure used to lower the water table and prevent the flooding of the mine. They most often resemble a section of exposed pipe and an electrical box surrounded by construction fence. We prised open the electrical boxes using a crowbar and placed simple timed incendiary devices and a bundle of bicycle inner tubes inside to ensure the flames caught nicely.

The incendiary devices were composed of a candle secured to a firelighter cube with a strong rubber band. The candles burnt down slowly, then ignited the firelighters once we were safely away from the area. After smashing a window to gain access, we used the same devices to burn out the cab of the digger.

For the transformers and the substation we burnt car tires filled with gasoline soaked rags. We placed these beneath exposed insulated cabling on the substation and inside the transformers. Within several minutes these targets were engulfed in flames and as we departed the substation exploded, sending arcing electricity and purple flames ten metres into the night sky. Although this caused a blackout two kilometres wide, the local media-scum failed to mention it in any of their press, downplaying it to the burning of the two transformers alone.

As the techno-industrial megamachine grinds on every day, destroying and polluting all that is still wild and beautiful in this world, we feel that actions like this are a necessary measure to stay sane and remind ourselves that we are still alive amidst all of the destruction and misery of modern society.

After all, the only way one can enjoy the industrial landscape at all is by crawling around in the tall grasses and nettles with the other animals and finding a good vantage point from which to observe pillars of black smoke rising from the scorched machinery and infrastructure of civilization.

We wish to send a wink of complicity to the captive anarchists accused of bank robberies in Aachen and to Chilean prisoner of war Kevin Garrido, held for explosive attacks in the city of Santiago.

For the multiplication of attacks against RWE!

For anarchy and wildness!

Death to civilization!

– Scoundrels In The Night

(via Act For Freedom Now!)

Posted in Aachen Bank Robbery Case, Anti-civilization, Arson Attack, Direct Action, Germany, Hambach Forest, Kevin Garrido, Scoundrels In The Night

Berlin, Germany: Arson attacks against Sodexo and Vodafone in solidarity with prisoners and for a world free from rulers

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Berlin, January 6, 2017

Different reasons have caused us to express ourselves again, even if the resources used, in terms of material expenditure and ‘man’ power were very small. One of these reasons is the ‘message barrier’ which was partly imposed on militant actions. Anonymous comrades of the ‘Autonomous Groups’ already pointed this out in the framework of their attack against the Ordnungsamt (public order police) on 25.12.16.

In the meantime, it should be clear to the authorities that the two torched vans did not fall victim to a technical defect on ‘company premises’ on Sewanstraße as they initially suspected but were torched using fire accelerators. One on the right front tire and one on the right rear tire. The vehicles belong to the company Sodexo whose activity in the prison industry has been reported several times, which is why they have been repeatedly subjected to militant actions.
We hope that there was damage to the building structure and we want to emphasize that we are not interested in frightening the workers. As a character mask of the capitalist social formation they contribute to the continuation of the same but only to a limited extent.

This attack is to be understood as a small flame of solidarity with the diverse range of people affected by repression. Examples include the revolting / striking prisoners in the USA. Also in the exceptional condition, due to the riots of the inmates, are some prisons in the UK.

Solidarity also goes out to Tunfisch and Balu because of their activities related to a militant demo. Here, for example, the lines of repression continue to be continuous, independent of the partisan landscape.

The same is true of Greece, where recently, to our regret, some people from Revolutionary Struggle were arrested. To mention here Pola Roupa and Konstantina Athanasopoulou.

Our attack applies to all those who unwilling or unable to adapt themselves to the existing social order, their ideologies of inequality and their compulsion to exploit them in all areas, and have therefore been forced onto the digital and analog grids of the repressive authorities and the prison industry. For them, this fire is perhaps a small, retrospective firework.
The tension field, which is set up when one acts in solidarity with those who are in prison, is well aware of us. As a matter of fact, we are not a small splinter group that can and will dissolve this field discursively. This is a social process, which, as in all other areas, must be taken as a matter of course, that people are no longer inhuman beings towards others. In this context, it is unquestionable that the current process of digital surveillance and monitoring as well as the expansion of the prison industry and the growing law and order mentality of the public.
Each blow against the security architecture should therefore be welcomed by every freedom-loving person, while at the same time a debate must be ignited as mentioned above.

As the attack against Sodexo could be plausibly denied and later no statement could be made that it was an attack, the non-reporting of an arson attack against a mobile phone tower can clearly be interpreted as a message block.
In the night from Saturday to Sunday at around 01:50AM we placed fire accelerators on 2 separate places on a mobile phone tower belonging to Kabel Deutschalnd (now Vodafone) on Oranienburger Straße and set them on fire. Unfortunately they failed to spread the fire but we think that the cables were not there for nothing so a (temporary) failure was to be expected.
With this attack, we wanted to create a small ‘surveillance pause’, as an action group (Katla) had already achieved withthe attack on a mobile phone tower in the vicinity of the S-Bahnhof Adlershof. Even if the attack in only indirectly connected, we would like to address the suggestion of a Hamburg group to disrupt the G20 summit by attacking infrastructure. Disruptions to communication could help the revolt in Hamburg in July, as it is only useable in a limited way as a result of the monitoring, whereas the police uniforms need the digital inflow to be able to efficiently.

1.5 years since our last attack (arson attack on the German railway) we are again expressing our presence. Nothing has failed. Too many things should have been active long ago but we keep to our silent philosophy of “a wave only retreats in order to strike again”.
In the future too, we will be marking and destroying what stands in the way of a libertarian society or favors reactionary regimes of right-wing or Islamist nature.

Informal Group

(via Linksunten Indymedia, translated by Insurrection News)

Posted in Anarchist Prisoners, Arson Attack, Autonomous Groups, Berlin, Direct Action, G20 Summit Hamburg 2017, Germany, Konstantina Athanasopoulou, Pola Roupa, Prison Strike, Revolutionary Struggle

Germany: Arson attack against the Leipzig Job Center causes massive damages

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Only a few minutes of the year had passed when persons unknown in what was obviously a targeted attack threw fire accelerators at eleven different places into the building. At 00:22AM on New Year’s Day the fire alarm went off at the job center on Georg-Schumann-Straße. The rescue workers had some trouble but eventually managed to get the flames under control.
The damage after the fire at the Leipzig Job Center was immense: five offices, a warehouse and a social room at the center were severely damaged, affected are office supplies, chairs, files and computers. The building areas had to be blocked. A total of 20 rooms cannot be used because the corridors are inaccesible. The damage costs are comparitively high, but must be quantified by experts.

The Job Center is an attack on the social security system of the people in the city of Leipzig. In Leipzig the job center seems to be particularly keen on imposing sanctions. According to a recent study by the Bremen Institute for Labor Market Research and Youth Services, the sanction rate increased by a whopping 23 percent compared to the previous year, despite the fact that unemployment has fallen statistically. This means that the employment authority in Saxony is on its way to becoming the ‘Sanctioning Master of Germany’. Although numerous studies, including from the BA-side, have found that the sanction regime does not bring more people in the long term in pay and bread. It is harassment and stokes fear, and all this is an affront to human dignity. The reduction of benefits for profit should be stopped. The state and its representative bodies give themselves the ‘right’ to determine what is right and wrong, what action should be punished and for how long and how severely. This ‘right’ is enforced by force. We think it is good when people act on what they think is right without infringing on the freedom of other people even if the right of the civil state is broken. We welcome people who are not only affected by state representation who not only endure it but fight against it.

Almost daily we hear and read about people who fight against Hartz IV*. New social groups and campaigns against sanctions are emerging. However, resistance is becoming increasingly militant. Autonomists regularly attack the facades and windowpanes of job centers and agencies with paint, stones and fire. Others on the other hand attack job center and job agency clerks or run amok inside the centers and agencies out of despair. We understand their protest against this inhumane system and stand firmly alongside the rebels who are affected by it.

Against Hartz IV!
We do not want any other, better life according to the present rules of play! We want another better life!
People who are harassing people have to expect it to explode.
This will also apply to the G20 summit in Hamburg 2017!

*Translation note: Hartz IV refers to destructive attacks against Germany’s social welfare provision that were introduced as ‘reforms’ by the Social Democratic-Green Party government in 2005.

(via Linksunten Indymedia, translated by Insurrection News)

Posted in Arson Attack, Direct Action, Fuck Hartz IV, G20 Summit Hamburg 2017, Germany, Leipzig

Berlin, Germany: Paint bomb attack against luxury buildings

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Berlin, December 31, 2016

In the night from 31.12 to 01.01 we attacked two buildings with color bombs in Prenzlauer Berg: ‘Schönhauser Allee 23’ and ‘Palais Kolle Belle’. ‘Exclusive properties’ with luxury facilities for exorbitant prices: These two properties are part of an ever-tightening gentrification process. This is why they were the target of our attack. We do not accept a city with luxury condominiums for the rich classes at every corner while the unemployed, refugees and precarious workers are pushed to the outskirts of the city. We do not accept a city in which housing is organized according to the capitalist logic of exploitation and not according to the needs of the people living here.

We decided on this night to express our solidarity with the ‘New Year’s Eve to prison’ demonstrations. We send greetings to Thunfisch, Gülafeit, Ali, Cem, Balu and all other people sitting in the state’s prisons because of their struggle against exploitative, racist, sexist or colonial conditions.

We also want to call for intensified actions in the run-up to the G20 summit. Here are a few instructions for making color bombs:

–  Buy ‘Christmas tree balls’ that are not made of plastic, suitable funnels, bitumen or varnishes (naturally without using a credit / ATM card and don’t buy too much at once) in the post Christmas season.
–  Then at home, take off the lids using gloves and use the funnel to pour the bitumen or varnish inside.
–  Put the lids back on and seal them using wax or tape
– Securely package for transporting and then throw them at the target once the respective site is reached.

The advantage of this particular method is that the balls always break when they hit the target and are very quiet.
In this sense: On to new actions!

Autonomous Groups

(via Linksunten Indymedia, translated by Insurrection News)

Posted in Anti-gentrification, Autonomous Groups, Berlin, Direct Action, G20 Summit Hamburg 2017, Germany, Paint Bombing

Greece: Updates on the trial of anarchist communist comrade Tassos Theofilou

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Second hearing of the trial of Tassos Theofilou

by Sylvia & Giant

With the provocative statements and behavior of the prosecution, started the second hearing of the trial of appeals of Tassos Theofilou, on Tuesday, 20th of December. The sister of the dead taxi driver Demetris Michas, changed her initial testimony and now recognizes Tassos Theofilou as the one who fought with and shot her brother “based on what she found out” while stating she had watched footage which was unpublished at the time and recognized Theofilou.

During the trial, her son, who accompanied his mother, prevented anyone wanting to sit down in the audience from walking in front of him, while during his departure he spat towards Tassos Theofilou’s mother, who was outside the appellate court talking to a member of Omnia TV and another girl from the audience.

At the beginning of the hearing the presiding judge asked the defendant about his plea regarding the changes and Theofilou responded that he denies all charges. Then, the defence attorneys submitted their requests.

The first request of the defense concerned the possibility to keep audio records of the trial in order to safeguard the credibility of the court, after the failure to keep accurate records of everything during the trial of first instance. The lawyers stressed that important parts of the procedure, such as the orations of two defence attorneys and the comments made by the presiding judge, were entirely lost. During an intervention, Mr. Fyrakis also highlighted that the avoidance to keep to keep audio records in trials like this, serves political motives.

The prosecutor Mrs. Anna Kalouta suggested that keeping audio records is not necessary since, among other factors, there is a lack of equipment. After the judges conferred, they announced that the request is denied due to technical difficulties, as the Justice Ourania Papadakis put it, despite the request being seen in a positive light by the judges.

The second request was about the order of examination of the witnesses, since, according to the defence, the existing order would threaten the impartiality of the trial as the antiterrorism officers would come first, giving the impression that the accused is a member of a terrorist organization, an impression that has been accentuated by the mass media. This request was denied by the judges and the prosecutor and the examination of the witnesses began immediately.

The first witness was Mrs. Micha-Bekiari, the sister of the dead taxi driver. The presiding judge asked for the witness to say what she generally knows about the case.

Mrs Micha-Bekiari described how and in which way she was informed of her brother’s death and how she saw his body for the first time at the hospital. Then she testified that following her brother’s funeral, she was approached by some women who offered their condolences and one of them, named Anna Emmanouilidou, owner of a coffee shop in Naousa, where the victim was having coffee before his fight with the perpetrator, told her in detail that her brother was fighting with the one of the perpetrators, the one wearing  a cowboy hat who eventually shot him and he dropped dead.

Following a question of the presiding judge on whether she knew more, she added that in the next few days after Theofilou’s arrest, she went on the internet and saw the footage from the robbery and knew that Theofilou was the same as the robber who was wearing the cowboy hat. The witness spoke of complete resemblance despite the fact that, the perpetrator,  as she said, was wearing glasses and a hat.

The testimony of the victim’s sister caused a reaction in the audience and the defence attorneys, with the latter posing questions as to why she did not say any of these during the first trial. Her answer was that she was never asked.

The defence outlined all the contradictions and changes the witness made compared to her initial testimony.

Mr. Papadakis, representing the defendant, asked how is it possible to not have ever mentioned any of these during the trial of first instance, when in fact she did mention a woman who had given her condolences named Effie and said she did not remember the exact name and now she changes the name and provides the exact information without even notifying her lawyers for the existence of  this crucial eye-witness. A. Paparrousou asked the same question and concluded this was clearly to suggest the guilt of the defendant. The witness said repeatedly that she did not remember these due to intense psychological distress and was not even asked by the presiding judge of the first instance trial.

The defence emphasized the following contradictions: the video from the robbery was still  unpublished ten days after the murder and it was not possible to have been on the internet since it was made available for the first time by Alpha Bank on the 6th of December, amid the first trial, and the witness was not even allowed to watch it then and was required to wait outside the courtroom since she was a prosecution witness. Despite that, she claimed to have watched it day and night, continuously, and that is how she identified the arrestee as the perpetrator. Another issue is that during the first trial she had not recognized Theofilou, a fact which Mr. Paparrousou said, shows that the strategy folllowed by the prosecution is “finish him up”,   commonly “claim everything you can in order to get him convicted”.

The defence clarified that this should not have been tolerated, because as much as we respect the witness’ suffering, the fact that she never identified the defendant before and never said any of these to the police, to the court or the interviews she often gives on tv, is suspicious.

It is widely known that the witness appeared on the TV show Epsilon, hosted by Tatiana Stephanidou, right after the first hearing of the appellate court, where a media trial was staged, with accusations and conclusions which constitute an insult to the judicial procedure and the judges, with Mrs Stephanidou taking the role of the presiding judge expressing that Theofilou is a member of the CCF while Mrs Micha-Bekiari and her son nodded in accordance, as if the fact that Theofilou was never found guilty on this charge did not matter.

Despite the media’s effort to convict Theofilou once more through their own trials and verdicts, again Mrs Micha did not mention watching the video footage of the robbery ten days following her brother’s murder causing her to identify Theofilou as the perpetrator.

Had the witness actually watched the video, stated K.Papadakis from the defence, then Alpha Bank  must inform the court on whether there were private viewings of the footage and whether there was a collaboration with the prosecution.

Mr. Papadakis asked the judges to take note of the witness’ name Mrs Micha-Bekiari mentioned, since eye-witnesses should be called to testify in court. It is not possible, said the lawyer, for someone to have this kind of information, keep it from the police and the court and then wait for four years to give the information.

The contradictions of the witness were to such an extent that even the presiding judge said “I understand your suffering but you must be careful because these are very serious charges for a young man who might even be innocent, or might be guilty, so we must be very careful”.

We should note here that in case Tassos Theofilou gets convicted the way is paved for the witness to file suit and receive compensation.

It is extremely strange that after four years this witness gained her lost memory and testified about this critical new information which she never mentioned to the police or to the court.

Next, Eleftherios Hardalias from the anti-terrorism police was called to the stand, while the defense submitted a request to exempt the witness, since according to the law someone who conducts the interrogations on a case cannot be called as a witness. The prosecutor denied that this constituted a reason to exempt the witness and eventually the request was not accepted by the judge.

The examination of the witness starts with the presiding judge’s question on his knowledge of the C.C.F. and the possible involvement of the defendant in the organization.

Hardalias gave some general information about the C.C.F. and says that Theofilou was seen for the first time at the kebab shop ‘Savvas’ in Kallithea at the end of November 2010 where he met Kostas Sakkas, bought food, went to Sakkas’ house, stayed there for a few hours and then took a cab and went to a hangout in Exarcheia with Christos Politis (note: he had been accused of being a member of the organization but was not even tried since he was acquitted following a prosecution verdict).

Then, according to Hardalias, he was seen for the second time in Agrinio, when he got off a bus which Karagiannides was also on and carrying two bags ( note: on that day there is a relevant document proving that Theofilou was in Athens where he had signed the delivery of a router). He mentioned that Theofilou did not communicate Karagiannides and his purpose was termed as ‘counter-surveillance’ during the court of first instance.

Later he testified that they received an anonymous phone call saying  that “someone with the name Tassos related to terrorism is moving around the city-centre of Athens and participated in the Paros robbery”. Then he was ‘found’ and due to resisting his detention he was put under arrest – which was the main reason why his DNA was extracted in the first place.

Then he and his colleagues “remembered that this was the same person seen 2 years ago in Athens and Agrinio”.

Hardalias went on to talk about Paros, praised the DNA method and stated that the hat had not been photographed on the crime scene because it was collected immediately since “the waves break there and it was busy”. He also claimed that the DNA sample on the hat was a unique and complete sample.

To the very reasonable question of the presiding judge on how is it possible for a hat to have the genetic material of only one person and not even that of the sales person at the store where it was sold he answered “maybe the person who wore it cleaned it” causing the judge to further ask “did he clean the DNA of the salesman but left there his own?” causing the laughter of the audience.

Then the cross examination started. When Hardalias was asked in relation to the anonymous phone call, he replied that there is no call recognition system installed in the anti-terrorism HQ and any call related information is kept in the form of informal notes, which are later destroyed.

Hardalias said they aimed to detain Theofilou in order to conduct an interrogation and his ‘accidental’ resistance (a charge which he was found innocent in another trial) was the reason why they took a DNA sample and compared it with the genetic material found on the hat.

At this point the lawyers commented at how obvious the strategy of the anti-terrorism police is, since without Theofilou’s arrest, there would have been no DNA and no possibility to claim that Theofilou was present at the robbery – which obviously is what the anti-terrorism police intended to do.

Regarding the sudden appearance of the hat which was not listed in the forensics records and is not shown in the photographs from the crime scene, Hardalias repeated that it’s because “waves break right next to where it was” and there was a crowd, so his colleagues collected it before it was photographed. The attorney Mr. Papadakis reminded him that no wave breaks right next to the spot where the hat was allegedly found since it is far from the coastline and  the crime scene around the dead body was secured with police tape preventing access.

To the persistent questions of the defence regarding the DNA method that was used, Hardalias, who had earlier praised the method and claimed that the sample was complete no longer had an opinion and expertise and kept answering with “I do not know”.

The next hearing will be held on the 10th of January where the examination of the prosecution witnesses will continue starting with the anti-terrorism members.

(via Omnia TV, translated by BlackCat)

Anarchist newspaper Apatris reports on the third hearing of Tassos Theofilou

The third hearing of the trial of appeals was today, with the examination of the prosecution witnesses, two of which are employed by Alpha Bank and one who happens to be a taxi driver and colleague of Michas. None of the prosecution witnesses recognized Tassos Theofilou as a possible perpetrator of the robbery.

The hat, the main incriminating evidence which is said to contain Theofilou’s DNA, is, according to the witnesses testimonies, different than the one shown by the anti-terrorism unit as the hat of the perpetrator. When the witnesses saw the hat in pictures, they declared their certainty in that this hat bears no resemblance, in shape and type, to the one the perpetrator was wearing during the robbery.

The difference in the hands of Tassos Theofilou and the perpetrator was illustrated through comparing  the photographs taken on the day of his arrest and footage from the bank and this was confirmed from an eye witness’s testimony.  The presiding judge herself also came to this conclusion.

The next hearing will be held on February the 3rd.

(via Apatris, translated by BlackCat)

 

Posted in Anarchist Communist Prisoners, Anarchist Prisoners, Greece, Political Prisoners, Repression, Tassos Theofilou