• Short Summary

    A GREEK COURT MARTIAL TODAY (20 OCTOBER) SENTENCED A FORMER ARMY CAPTAIN TO 16 YEARS' IMPRISONMENT, WHILE HIS CO-ACCUSED RECEIVED A SENTENCE OF 10 1/2 YEARS, FOR SETTING OFF EXPLOSIVES IN ATHENS AS THE CITY'S RASH OF BOMB INCIDENTS APPEARED TO CONTINUE UNABATED.

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    ATHENS STREET SCENES; COURT MARTIAL IN SESSION.




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    Background: A GREEK COURT MARTIAL TODAY (20 OCTOBER) SENTENCED A FORMER ARMY CAPTAIN TO 16 YEARS' IMPRISONMENT, WHILE HIS CO-ACCUSED RECEIVED A SENTENCE OF 10 1/2 YEARS, FOR SETTING OFF EXPLOSIVES IN ATHENS AS THE CITY'S RASH OF BOMB INCIDENTS APPEARED TO CONTINUE UNABATED.

    TWO BOMBS EXPLODED IN ATHENS' MOST FASHIONABLE RESIDENTIAL DISTRICT ONLY HOURS BEFORE THE SENTENCES WERE PASSED, RESPECTIVELY, ON 39-YEAR-OLD ALEXANDROS ARHAKIS AND DIMITRIOS LEKKAS, 38, A MECHANIC-ELECTRICIAN.

    THE TWO ACCUSED DEFENDED THEIR PLEA OF 'NOT GUILTY' BY CLAIMING THEY WERE MAKING FIREWORKS FOR A PARTY WHEN POLICE CONFISCATED THEIR EXPLOSIVE MATERIAL.

    ARHAKIS, A CASHIERED INFANTRY CAPTAIN, DENOUNCED BOMB INCIDENTS AS A MEANS OF OVERTHROWING THE ARMY-BACKED GOVERNMENT. HE SAID HE HAD BEEN UNDER CLOSE POLICE WATCH SINCE 1967 AND COULD NOT MOVE FREELY, LET ALONE EXPLODE BOMBS.

    LEKKAS SAID HE WAS A SUPPORTER OF THE PRESENT ADMINISTRATION AND HAD BEEN WORKING IN CONFIDENTIAL GOVERNMENT AND NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY ORGANISATION PROJECTS.

    BOTH MEN WERE ARRESTED IN ATHENS ON 11 OCTOBER FOLLOWING THE EXPLOSION OF SIX SMALL HOME-MADE BOMBS IN THE CENTRE OF ATHENS TWO DAYS EARLIER.

    POLICE ARE CURRENTLY HOLDING ABOUT 50 PEOPLE IN CONNECTION WITH BOMB INCIDENTS. ALL HAVE BEEN ARRESTED SINCE LAST JUNE, WHEN A BOMB EXPLODED IN THE SUBURBAN HOUSE OF A UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR, WHO WAS WOUNDED IN THE EXPLOSION AND IS NOW UNDER DETENTION AWAITING TRIAL.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8UJ9ZR1V3T4IFXCN0LMQZHMYH
    Media URN:
    VLVA8UJ9ZR1V3T4IFXCN0LMQZHMYH
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/10/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:22:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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