The Belgium authorities made clear that the arrests in Athens have no relation with the terrorist Belgium police had notified the Greek Police for, who appears to be the coordinator of the Belgium attack, and who has been found through the arrested extremists’ telephone calls, to be have established himself in Greece .
A spokesman for Belgium’s federal prosecutor told Le Soir newspaper that two of those held in Greece were not among those suspected of being implicated in the suspected Belgian terror plot.
According to the newspaper La Libre the man, coming from Syria, and who has established himself in Greece since quite some time, has coordinated the terrorist cell that was about to commit an attack against police officers and police stations in Belgium.
Earlier on Saturday, Belgian media said authorities were seeking Abdelhamid Abaaoud, a 27-year-old Brussels resident of Moroccan origin suspected of being the ringleader of the jihadi cell, and in hiding in Greecewrote the BBC .
The man reportedly maintained telephone contact with the brother – held in the prison of Lantin – of one of the two jihadists killed Thursday by police in Verviers, VTM reported Friday. According to the Flemish television channel, the police had been informed of suspicious telephone calls between an inmate of the Liège Lantin prison and a man returned from the fighting in Syria, now established in Greece.The prisoner also maintained regular contact with his brother, one of the two jihadists killed Thursday during the anti-terrorist action in Verviers.
Listening to their telephone conversations allowed the police to discover that the attacks were being prepared on Belgian soil, and identify the one who appeared to have managed the attacks, both on operational and financial level.
Belgian intelligence has asked the Greek authorities to intervene, but they have not done so so far.”, the Belgian newspaper La Libre, reported .
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In Greece, just one week before the critical national elections day, NO news said that the mastermind is believed to be established (since long time-!-) in Greece. Instead of that, the news were presented as if Greek Police had, simply, found one of the Belgium attack masterminds.
Greek police detained four people and anounced that the arrests were in connection with investigation concerning the Belgium operation against jihadists in the city of Vervries two days ago.
The private Skai TV reported Saturday evening on its online edition that “the detained people matched the description of a 27-year-old suspected to be the mastermind” of the planned terror attack of jihadists in Belgium.
Zougla.gr wrote that three of the detained are Moroccans, while “the fingerprints of the one matching to the Belgian description and other details will be sent to Belgian authorities for identification.”
Newsit.gr, added that also “ DNA material will be sent to Belgian authorities.”
Mega TV in its prime time news said simply that “Belgian authorities sent a name and one mobile phone number to Greek police on Friday,” and implied that more detentions may follow.
Private Alpha TV being more precise, though, said Saturday, Jan. 2015, on its prime time news program that the four persons were detained in an apartment in Pagrati suburb of Athens and that “one of them matched very much to the description sent by the Belgian authorities”. The TV reporter hinted that the mastermind might had called the inmate in Belgium “from Athens but maybe also from Turkey.”