Terror suspect Giorgos Petrakakos and partner remanded in custody

Terror suspect Giorgos Petrakakos and partner remanded in custody

Suspected terrorist Giorgos Petrakakos and his partner are to be remanded in custody after testifying before the 17th examining magistrate on Monday. They face three criminal and a series of misdemeanour charges following their arrest by the counter-terrorism squad in Volos.

According to sources, Petrakakos denied all involvement in acts of terrorism but admitted to owning the guns found by the counter-terrorism squad on his premises. He claimed the weapons had not been used and that he kept them in a locked cupboard for safekeeping, so that neither his wife or children could have access to them.

His 36-year-old partner and mother of his two children - aged two and four, respectively - said that she had never seen either of the two fire-arms and that "the life we led was absolutely normal. I concerned myself only with raising my two children."
She admitted to knowing about her partner's criminal past, saying she learned about it when she was pregnant with their first child.

The other two suspects arrested during the recent counter-terrorism operation in Volos and Athens were given a new date and will appear before the magistrate on Tuesday.

The four have been charged with committing acts of terror, weapons possession and robbery, as well as the lesser charges of harbouring a criminal and forgery.

Police consider Petrakakos to be a close associate of convicted terrorist Nikos Maziotis but he has denied all involvement in terrorist actions, though he had earlier made a statement concerning charges of robbery made against him. He claims to have made a decision to "retire" from a life of crime and take up farming.