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First trial of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire ends with severe sentences (Greece)

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

19 07 2011

The verdicts and sentences were announced today in the first Conspiracy of Cells of Fire trial (the so-called “Halandri case”), and the end results are not good. The three-member tribunal imposed even longer sentences than those requested by the prosecutor. The breakdown is as follows:

Haris Hatzimichelakis: Guilty of forming a terrorist organization, manufacturing explosives, possessing explosives, and causing explosions at the Ministry of Macedonia-Thrace, the home of former Interior Vice-Minister Panayiotis Hinofotis, and the home of PASOK ministers Louka Katseli and Gerasimos Arsenis. Sentenced to 25 years in prison out of a total combined sentence of 77 years.

Panayiotis Argyrou: Guilty of forming a terrorist organization, manufacturing explosives, possessing explosives, and causing explosions at the Ministry of Macedonia-Thrace, the home of former Interior Vice-Minister Panayiotis Hinofotis, and the home of PASOK ministers Louka Katseli and Gerasimos Arsenis. Sentenced to 25 years in prison out of a total combined sentence of 77 years.

Giorgos Karagiannidis: Guilty of manufacturing explosives, possessing explosives, and being an accomplice to the explosion at the home of PASOK ministers Louka Katseli and Gerasimos Arsenis. Sentenced to 20 years in prison out of a total combined sentence of 32 years.

Panayiotis Masouras: Guilty of manufacturing explosives, possessing explosives, and being an accomplice to the explosion at the home of PASOK ministers Louka Katseli and Gerasimos Arsenis. Sentenced to 11 years and 6 months in prison out of a total combined sentence of 19 years. Submitted an application for a suspended sentence.

Alexandros Mitrousias: Guilty of manufacturing explosives, possessing explosives, and being an accomplice to the explosion at the home of PASOK ministers Louka Katseli and Gerasimos Arsenis. Sentenced to 11 years in prison out of a total combined sentence of 19 years. Chose not to submit an application for a suspended sentence.

Konstantina Karakatsani: Guilty of manufacturing explosives, possessing explosives, and being an accomplice to the explosion at the home of PASOK ministers Louka Katseli and Gerasimos Arsenis. Sentenced to 11 years in prison out of a total combined sentence of 19 years. Submitted an application for a suspended sentence.

Manolis Yiospas: Guilty of three misdemeanors including robbery and fraud. Sentenced to 2 years and 9 months in prison. The prosecutor initially requested that Yiospas be acquitted, and after the prison sentence was announced the prosecutor then proposed a three-year suspended sentence, which the court accepted.

Nikos Vogiatzakis: Acquitted of all charges due to lack of evidence.

Errikos Rallis:Acquitted of all charges due to lack of evidence.

Friends and relatives of the accused, but also the defence, commented on the severity in the imposition of sentences considering that for the majority of those sentenced, the court judged that their participation in the organization was of only a few months.

The state, its court and its other dogs have shown once more what happens to decent people who live for freedom.

As anarchist revolutionaries in solidarity, we from ACTFORFREEDOMNOW!-BOUBOURAS, send to our proud and dignified comrades, members and not of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire, a big flaming hug!

NOTHING IS OVER,
EVERYTHING CONTINUES!

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Mobilization for the Trial of Silvia, Costa & Billy (Switzerland)

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

Freedom for Silvia, Costa & Billy – Solidarity with all the Revolutionary Prisoners

All meetings will be held in “Casa del Popolo” in Bellinzona, Switzerland, (in front of the train station). As well as the presence during the hearings there will be demos in the city throughout the week.

18 July – 6pm : Struggle against Nuclear Plants
Contributions of past and ongoing experiences. Debate about the possibilities of intervention. Updates on Marco Camenisch

20 July – 6pm : Nano & Biotechnologies
Presentation of information materials and discussion. Video projection of “RFID-la police totale”.

21 July – 6pm : Debate about the importance of solidarity for the revolutionary movement
Information about other trials, like the one that will be held on September 28-29-30 against a comrade of Aufbau and SRI

In April 2010 Silvia, Costantino and Billy were arrested close to Zurich and since then, accused of wanting to attack an IBM laboratory of nanotechnology research with explosive material, they are imprisoned in the Swiss jails. A little more than a year after our comrades are going to be processed (July 18-22) while IBM laboratory “Binning and Rhorer nanotechnology centre”, which opened last May, will be starting its horrible projects. IBM, American corporation pioneer in nanotechnology, through miniaturization of electronic components on nanometric scale would like to transform human beings, animals, natural environment and infrastructures into gears of a mega-machine for life’s absolute control. (more…)

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21/6 : Update on the CCF TRIAL (Greece)

Saturday, June 25th, 2011

From Actforfreedomnow/BoubourAs

On 21/6, five of the nine accused of particiation in the organization “Conspiracy of Cells of Fire” testified.

First was Panagiotis Masouras, who immediately from the start declared that he is not apologizing but making a political statement. He spoke of the “court martial” and of a “political” trial, while he stressed that he is in the court as a “political enemy of the hostage regime” and not as a common criminal. (more…)

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Letter from Errikos Rallis, accused member of the C.C.F. (Greece)

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Once someone approached a priest and asked him to confess in order to receive a pardon of sins. When he was asked of the sin that he committed he replied “simple slandering”. The priest said that he cannot do anything about this. Then he wondered how can a rapist or a murderer receive a pardon and not him. (more…)

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Letter from Alexandros Mitrousias, accused member of C.C.F. (Greece)

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

I send this short letter in order to clarify certain things in relation with the incident that took place on the 7/6 in the court where I am tried as well as for the distortion that was carried out by the media. (more…)

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Letter from the CCF about incidents in the trial of Dimitrakis soli-action (Greece)

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE REVOLUTIONARY ORGANISATION – CONSPIRACY OF CELLS OF FIRE – On the 10th of June there was the trial in the Evelpidon courts of the case of the occupation of the radio station Sport FM that took place in 2007 in solidarity to anarchist Giannis Dimitrakis, imprisoned for a bank robbery.

From Actforfreedomnow:

On the 10th of June there was the trial in the Evelpidon courts of the case of the occupation of the radio station Sport FM, that took place in 2007 in solidarity to anarchist Giannis Dimitrakis, imprisoned for a bank robbery. The incidents that happened that day and which concern the defendants, among which are also members of our organization, but also those gathered in solidarity and relatives, force us to speak publicly. The blows that the members of the R.O. C.C.F. Panagiotis Argirou, Damiano Bolano, Mihalis Nikolopoulos received, and also some of their co-defendants, from the EKAM (special forces) and the masked special guards of the transfer escort as well as the attack of the riot-cops on those gathered proves what cowardly pigs they are. (more…)

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Court dates are declared for Eco-Anarchists Silvia, Costa and Billy (Switzerland)

Friday, June 17th, 2011

On 15 April 2010, Costantino Ragusa, Silvia Guerin and Luca ‘Billy’ Bernasconi were arrested in Switzerland after a control by police. The State accuses them of planning to attack an IBM nanotechnology laboratory. Costa, Silvia and Billy are fellow anarchists who have been active in fighting for things like radical ecology and animal liberation, fighting against health hazards such as biotechnology, nanotechnology and nuclear technology and supporting and standing in solidarity with prisoners. IBM is a notorious devastator of the entire world, a corporate giant which profits from and maintains the hierarchy of the rich. Solidarity with those who fight against industrial capitalism and the new sciences of control and manipulation.

On the 19, 20 and 22 of July in Bellinzona, Switzerland, the trial will be held for the eco-anarchists Silvia Guerin, Costantino Rugusa and Luca ‘Billy’ Berlusconi. It is over a year since our comrades have been held by the Swiss authorities, whilst the investigation into the ‘crime’ for which they are accused was carried out. The charges are: planning an incendiary attack against an IBM nanotechnology research centre under construction outside Zurich, transportation and possession of explosives without jurisdiction. (more…)

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Accused anarchist comrades Vaggelis Stathopoulos, Christoforos Kortesis and Sarantos Nikitopoulos remain free (Greece)

Friday, June 17th, 2011

Breaking news received about the conditional freedom before trial of the 3 anarchist comrades accused of membership of the Revolutionary Organisation – Revolutionary Struggle. The 3 comrades deny their membership of the aforementioned Revolutionary Organisation, but they never backed down from the social struggle, for which the Greek State wishes to make them and their family/friends pay.

From Actforfreedomnow:

Attempted re-incarceration of three anarchists in Greece averted: Vaggelis Stathopoulos, Christoforos Kortesis and Sarantos Nikitopoulos remain free on bail pending trial.

The Appeals Committee issued a decision today, according to which the three anarchists charged in relation to the Revolutionary Struggle should not be re-incarcerated. The attempted juridical coup d’etat would see anarchists Stathopoulos, Kortesis and Nikitopoulos sent back to prison, despite the supposedly irreversible previous court decision for their release on bail.

The three had been released since April this year under bail conditions.

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Solidarity actions across Greece ahead of the trial of the anarchist Aris Seirinidis on June 8th (Greece)

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

Poster for Aris

From: Occupied London:

Aris Seirinidis is an anarchist who was arrested on the evening of May 3rd, 2010, in central Athens, at a police check-point set up for an irrelevant to him case. Initially he faced a misdemeanor charge but in the end the anti-terrorist unit pulled out a forgotten case related to the shooting of a police riot van in the area of Exarcheia in the summer of 2009, which became known by the media as ‘the case of the pistolero with the sombrero and flip flops’ (due to the attire worn by the person that carried out the shooting).

The main ‘evidence’ against Aris was the matching of DNA taken from his wallet after his arrest with DNA found on one of the many surgical mask strewn around Exarcheia (due to a demo and rioting that had taken place in the summer of 2009, exactly the previous to the incident day) that was collected on the day of the shooting.

Aris’ trial will commence tomorrow, June 8th – and today has seen a series of actions across Greece in his support.

In Athens, the Council of State was blockaded by anarchists this morning. In Thessaloniki, a local radio station (fm100) was occupied and solidarity texts were read out on air. In Thessaloniki, Ioannina and Xanthi, anarchists will be setting up PA’s (mikrofoniki) and distributing texts in solidarity.

A motorcycle demonstration will commence from Athens’ Propylaea today at 17.30 and a solidarity gathering will take place at the courthouse tomorrow at 9 am, at the first-degree courthouse (Protodikeio) of Athens at 4, Degleri Str.

About the case of Aris Seirinidis (Solidarity fund for prisoners in struggle)
Letter from the anarchist comrade Aris Seirinidis (Act for freedom now)

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Against the Frame-up of anarchist comrades Christoforos Kortesis, Sarantos Nikitopoulos and Vaggelis Stathopoulos (Greece)

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

Poster for the 3

From Contra-Info:

THIS UNPRECEDENTED JURIDICAL COUP D’ETAT WILL NOT PASS!

The three comrades Christoforos Kortesis, Sarantos Nikitopoulos and Vaggelis Stathopoulos who are accused for participation in the urban guerrilla group ‘Revolutionary Struggle’ but have repeatedly denied all charges against them, have now received summons for Thursday, June 9th, at 10am ordering them to (re)present before the Appellate Judges Council that will (re)decide whether ‘to extend the pretrial detention or not.’

On the same day at 12.30, the defense lawyers of all persons involved in the same case have been called to present before the council which will issue the decree for the trial, judging who will be brought to trial and on what charges.

The juridical manipulative approach (or otherwise ‘orders from above’) for the re-imprisonment of the three anarchists, is now more than visible. What do the judges mean by the phrase ‘to extend the pretrial detention or not’ given the fact that the comrades are no longer in pretrial detention but were released on bail nearly two months ago, after an unanimous and (supposedly under the State laws) irrevocable decision issued by the Appellate Judges Council?

Does the Appellate Judges Council forget (?) to indicate that they will not decide but re-decide? It’ll be the second time (unprecedented in legal history records) that the same issue will be examined (it seems that the first judgment did not ‘fit’ in the imaginative scenarios which the anti-terrorist unit has set up regarding the three comrades). In fact, already their imprisonment has lasted twelve months, and the State laws stipulate that no council has jurisdiction to re-imprison them until they face trial.

Counter-information and solidarity PA’s (microphonics) gathering
Sunday, June 5th, 4pm, Propylaea, Athens

SOLIDARITY GATHERING
Thursday, June 9th, 9.30am, Court of Appeals, Loukareos Str., Athens

WE WILL NOT LEAVE ANY COMRADE ALONE – DOWN YOUR LIMBS FROM OUR COMRADES – VAGGELIS, CHRISTOFOROS AND SARANTOS

PLEASE KEEP US POSTED ON IMMEDIATE ACTIONS WORLDWIDE
IN SOLIDARITY TO THE 3 ANARCHISTS

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Update on C.C.F. trial 2/6/11 Athens (Greece)

Sunday, June 5th, 2011

From Actforfreedomnow.

Update on C.C.F. trial

The defendants in the trial for the organisation “Conspiracy of Cells of Fire” might leave the court again. The reason is, the decision of the court to project in the trial dozens of photographs from their personal moments, that were found in cds and dvds that were confiscated along with their personal computers.

Snapshots from trips, carnival disguises, games, even certain… naked photographs are among the material that the Three-member appeals Court decided to show in front of all who watch the trial, despite the fact nothing of that is related with the actions of the official charges. (more…)

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Update on the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire Trial (Greece)

Sunday, March 6th, 2011

UPDATE ON THE CONSPIRACY OF CELLS OF FIRE (C.C.F.) TRIAL GREECE FRIDAY 4/3/2011

The comrades today asked for the actions that are attributed to them to be recognized as political. At the same time they submitted procedural objections for bad composition of the court as well as for the declaration of the official charges as vague. The objections were rejected repeatedly. (more…)

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Freedom Now for Simos Seisidis – International Call for Solidarity (Greece)

Sunday, March 6th, 2011

FREEDOM NOW FOR SIMOS SEISIDIS – INTERNATIONAL CALL FOR SOLIDARITY

On the 30/3/2011 the trial for the case of “the robbers in black” will take place in the first degree, regarding the January 2006 National bank robbery on Solonos st., central Athens, and six more bank robberies. It is the same case for which Yiannis Dimitrakis was finally sentenced, in the second degree, to 12,5 years of imprisonment. This time Simos Seisidis, who had been a fugitive for 4,5 years, is in the place of the accused. (more…)

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"Reventando lo existente. Reflexiones del combate minoritario" – Book in Spanish about the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

In view of the trial that began on January 17 and for a better dissemination of the ideas of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire, a book is being published in Spanish, first in digital pdf format.

The book is called “Reventando lo existente. Reflexiones del combate minoritario” (Destroying the existent. Reflections on minority struggle) and contains a chronology of the Halandri case, all the statements of the prisoners (Massoura, Hadtzimihelaki, Karakatsani, Tsakalou, Argirou), the chapter “Critique and contributions” (The statement “The interpretations they give, time to talk about their aspirations,” chapters 3 and 4 of the brochure “Conspiracy Theories”, the text of G. Voutsis Vogiatzis, pages from “The Diary of a Bomber” and the letter that Poly Georgiadis wrote to the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire) and a few communiques and texts of the Conspiracy.

The back cover carries a famous phrase of the English poet William Blake: “He who desires, but acts not, breeds pestilence.”

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Update on the Trial of Conspiracy of Cells of Fire, Athens (Greece)

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

24 & 25 January 2010

On Monday, January 24, the second day of the trial of the accused in the case of Conspiracy of Cells of Fire, the court rejected both claims of the accused: to have the minutes of the proceedings recorded (“Due to high costs” said the tribunal bozos!) and for the identity papers of those entering the courtroom not to be withheld. … The defendants left the court, revoked their defence lawyers and stated that they will abstain from prison food and go on hunger strike if the court appointed lawyers (which it did).

Critique of the attitudes of the journalists. The statement of the six accused prisoners, agreed by the three comrades* on bail, was read by George Karagiannidis who said: “We are adamant about the retaining of our comrades’ particulars. “

G. Karagiannidis spoke of the repressive nature of the measure said the defendants want to take their voices beyond the walls of the prison.

The statement made reference to the journalists, who “misleadingly report directly from the counter-terrorist cops They have reported on our personal lives and those of our families, so they too are exposed.”

When the accused left the prison/court dozens of comrades shouted slogans and many of them raised their fists shouting “Tough, tough, be proud and strong.”

* The three comrades Vogiatzakis, Rallis and Giospas who are free on bail claimed that they have nothing to fear, but said that under these circumstances they cannot attend and do not want to go to trial with lawyers whom they do not know.

25 January 2011 – The trial of those accused of involvement in the organization “Conspiracy of Cells of Fire” was stopped this morning and will resume on Thursday. The court proceeded to appoint new defence lawyers, but of the 18 lawyers appointed, only four came forward and stated that they refuse to accept the appointment. As said by the lawyers who refused to take their defence, the case is too serious and the defendants themselves do not wish to be represented. Finally, the court was suspended until Thursday with the appointment of two new lawyers per defendant.

FROM ACTFORFREEDOMNOW!

Freedom to H.Hadjimihelakis, P. Argirou, G.Tsakalos who have taken the political responsibility for the “Conspiracy Cells of Fire” and P.Massouras, K.Karakatsani, A.Mitrousias, G.Karagiannidis who are imprisoned for the same case.

Solidarity to all imprisoned anarchists and revolutionaries.

THE PASSION FOR FREEDOM IS STRONGER THAN THE PRISON

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