Turkish political activist wanted by police among four arrested in Greece

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

One men held on suspicion of involvement in the 1996 murder of a famous Turkish businessman

One men held on suspicion of involvement in the 1996 murder of a famous Turkish businessman

ATHENS - One of four Turkish men arrested in an anti-terror raid Monday in Greece has been identified as Huseyin Fevzi Tekin, an important member of outlawed Turkish leftist group DHKP-C and wanted by Turkey's police.

The 49-year-old DHKP-C member was arrested in posession of a fake Bulgarian identification card, along with three others, during an anti-terror raid on an apartment in Athens which uncovered arms and ammunition.

According to reports in Greek media based on police intelligence, investigations have revealed that Tekin's fingerprints matched those found on weapons captured on a boat off Chios Island last summer.

A 41-year-old man, also captured in possession of a fake identity, is being held on suspicion of involvement in the 1996 murder of Ozdemir Sabanci, a famous Turkish businessman, media reports said.

The anti-terror raid was made after a tip, and is not related to the Monday arrest of a 44-year-old Turkish woman in Crete, and the extradition of Angelos Filippidis, manager of Hellenic Postbank captured in Turkey in January.

The four men, who rented the raided apartment 18 months ago claiming to be Syrians, are to be charged with: forming and being members of a terror organization; supplying and possessing explosives; possessing illegal weapons; forgery; and illegal entry into the country, have been given until Friday to prepare their pleas.

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