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Greek court sentences two Swedes for terror offences

Updated fredag 12 maj kl 12.05
Published fredag 12 maj kl 11.44
The lawyer of the two men speaks to Swedish Radio News
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Grekiska polisen
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Two Swedish citizens have been jailed for 15 years by a Greek court for membership of a terror organisation and pocession of terror material, Swedish Radio News reports.

The two Swedes, from the Gothenburg area, have been held in Greece since January last year. 

The lawyer for the two men, Athanasia Karagkiozaki, told Swedish Radio News that they will appeal the ruling.

"There is no evidence for this whatsoever, this is purely political," Karagkiozaki told Swedish Radio P4 Gothenburg.

In January 2016, the two men, aged 19 and 28 at the time, were arrested on a bus in the Greek town of Alexandroupolis, close to the border with Turkey.

Knives, several different currencies, and military uniforms were recovered from the men. Greek police suspect the men of intending to travel to Syria to join so-called Islamist State terrorist group.

The older of the two men has previously been convicted of terror offences in Bosnia and Sweden. The younger of the two does not have any previous convictions, according to P4 Gothenburg.

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