ATHENS – Notorious terrorist Nikos Maziotis, mum since being captured in a gun battle, still isn’t talking and refused to give testimony to a magistrate who came to his hospital bed in a high-security prison.
Maziotis is the leader of the Revolutionary Struggle group and has been held in detention since being arrested last week and remaining quietly defiant of authorities.
Instead of giving testimony, he issued a bombastic political statement. “The members of Revolutionary Struggle do not have to answer for anything,” Maziotis is alleged to have told the magistrate, Kathimerini said.
“It is others who should answer for the social genocide that is being carried out in the country.” Maziotis’s lawyer Spyros Fytrakis confirmed to reporters that the 42-year-old guerrilla refused to answer questions.
The magistrate leveled a series of additional charges, including attempted manslaughter and the illegal use and possession of guns and explosives, against Maziotis, who was convicted last year for leading a terrorist organization and sentenced to 50 years in jail.
He and his wife Panayiota Roupa were convicted in absentia about a year after the pair violated the terms of their conditional release having served the maximum of 18 months in pretrial custody. The new charges leveled against Maziotis relate to acts he has been implicated in during the two years that he was a fugitive.
Meanwhile, police continued their search for Roupa, who, with their son, had been living in an apartment in Maroussi in northern Athens.
The authorities are also searching for other suspected accomplices, including his believed right-hand man, Giorgos Petrakakos, who they think participated in at least two of the many armed robberies carried out by members of the terrorist group to finance their actions.
Counter-terrorism officers were believed to be close to finding a suspected hideout in Kato Patissia, near central Athens, where the terror group may have kept weapons.
Police sources told Kathimerini that Maziotis had been planning a terrorist hit over the summer and said there were fears other group members would retaliate in revenge attacks.