Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Greece: Update--2 Tourists Shot, Injured in Athens as Police Move In on Fugitive Couple Wanted for Terror

According to The Associated Press, Nikos Maziotis, 43, lays wounded on a sidewalk, with a wig to his left, after a shootout with police in a tourist section of Central Athens on July 16.

Greek police arrested one of Greece's most wanted fugitive, who was convicted of terrorism in 2012, leaving four people wounded.

Maziotis who had been on the run along with his wife, Panagiota Roupa, for two years following their release from jail after serving the maximum 18 months in pre-trial detention. 

Police said the injured included two tourists, one from Australia and one from Germany, an Athens police officer and the fugitive, Nikos Maziotis. 

COMMENT: The couple were convicted in absentia last year and sentenced to 25 years for participation in the Revolutionary Struggle, a group active between 2003 and 2009 and best known for firing a rocket-propelled grenade into the US Embassy and bombing the Athens Stock Exchange. 

Neither of those attacks caused injuries.

In January, authorities announced a 1 million-euro ($1.3 million) reward for information leading to either of the couple's arrest. Roupa escaped.

Wednesday's shootout began near the crowded Monastiraki area, near the city's main Syntagma Square and historic Plaka district.

Police said Maziotis fired eight times from a handgun while being pursued and was fired upon and hit once in the left shoulder by police.