You may have noticed recently that some of our usually reliable prisoners listings have been a little out of date. This is due to a current shortage in our group numbers and increasing commitments to other projects. You can help by sending any updates/contributions to the listings that you come across. Thanks in advance. In solidarity. Brighton ABC.
PS: Check out Prisonersolidarity.com, the Los Angeles ABCF-run anarchist and class struggle prisoners listing wiki resource.
Rest of the World
UK and IRELAND
Toby Shone, A7645EP, HMP Bristol, 19 Cambridge Rd, Bishopston, Bristol BS7 8PS, UK. [Correct as of: 16/01/22]
In November 2020 a series of co-ordinated raids against 325.nostate.net were executed by Counter-Terrorism cops in UK as part of 'Operation Adream'. Several properties in the South-West of England were searched and one person was arrested and charged under the Terrorist Act. The charges are administration of 325.nostate.net, funding of terrorism through the website and dissemination of and collection of material useful to terrorists.
Toby was bailed from November 2020 to February 2021 when he was re-arrested and remanded to HMP Wandsworth in London before his transfer to Bristol. Toby is currently beginning his trial for possession and supply of psychedelic medicines. He has pleaded guilty to possession and supply but on a different basis from the prosecution charges - ie: he has agreed that he was part of a shared community of psychedelic medicine users, not that he was supplying drugs for profit. The state has, at the last minute (last Friday [Oct. 1st]) dropped the charges of terrorism. To try and make up for their failures and stupidity with regard Toby, they are looking for a harsh sentence for the medicines (they are calling for 8-10 years). Toby’s defence is confident, but the case is still ongoing.
The attack on 325.nostate.net is a landmark attempt by the state to silence dissent and radical critical thinking and can be seen as part of the general crackdown in the UK against protest, counter-information and alternative thinking and lifestyles as evidenced by the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill 2021 (which resulted in the Kill the Bill protests), the Covert Human Intelligences Sources (Criminal Conduct) Act 2021 which extends the powers of spycops and the reforms of the Judicial Reviews procedure.
UPDATE: Toby was sentenced to 3 years 9 months in prison for 8 drug offences at Bristol Crown Court on October 13, 2021 after the Terrorism charges were dropped. He has already served 8 months of this sentence on remand.
Toby remains in good spirits and hopes to delay being transferred to another prison until he has had his annual MRI scan for cancer which is scheduled for this month with his medical team in Bristol, so please continue to send letters of support. [21/10/21]
John Paul Wootton, HM Prison Maghaberry, 17 Old Road, Lisburn, BT28 2PT, UK. [Correct as of: 05/08/21]
John Paul Wootton is a vegan anarchist prisoner and IWW/IWOC member, wrongfully convicted of the murder of a police officer in the "Craigavon 2" case, after a trial before a "Diplock" court, a secret military court with no jury. The case has been supported as a miscarriage of justice by high profile campaigners, legal experts & human rights activists. The prosecution used discredited witnesses, inconclusive forensics, and tampered evidence to secure a conviction that does not stand up to scrutiny. Security services destroyed evidence, intimidated witnesses and defence lawyers.
Describing the case in his own words, he says:
"My name is John Paul Wootton and I am now twenty years of age and I have been imprisoned in Maghaberry prison for the last three years, that is, from I was 17 years of age.
On the 10th of March 2009, while still a teenager, I was arrested and interrogated for thirteen days in relation to the fatal shooting of Constable Steven Carroll in Craigavon on the 9th of March 2009. From the outset of this period of interrogation I made it clear that I neither knew nor had any part in this incident and indeed the duration of my interrogation was only ended when my legal representative took out a legal injunction.
On the 30th of March 2012, after a trial before a Diplock court, I was convicted and sentenced to a life sentence for the killing of Constable Carroll on the basis of a tracking device that had been fitted to my car at some point and which allegedly placed me at the scene of the shooting. However, the device in question, which had been placed there by members of MI5, went missing for a period of time and when it was finally recovered portions of the data allegedly recorded on the device were missing! These ‘gaps’ were supposedly filled by an MI5 operative who gave his evidence at the trial anonymously from behind a screen and his explanation for the data going missing was that, ‘he had left it on his desk and someone had moved and then replaced it without his knowledge’!
Additional to the missing data, the examination of my car, during the period of the missing data, also produced a brown coat that had particles of gun powder residue on it. These particles did not match the rifle or ammunition recovered by the PSNI that was claimed by the prosecution to have been the weapon that fired the fatal shot which killed Constable Carroll. This coat, which was a central piece of evidence in the case, not only did not belong to me but it had no physical connection to me, that is, no traces of my DNA, fibres or fingerprints were found on the coat. In short, there was no physical evidence presented to the trial that linked me to this shooting rather a process of speculation and hypothesis that turned the legal principle of innocence until proven guilty on its head was applied.
During the trial my legal team attempted to tease out the anomalies of this case to demonstrate the complete lack of evidence against me, however, at each attempt they were met with the barrier of ‘Public Interest Immunity Orders’ being sought and granted to the prosecution. As a result of this crucial lines of inquiry about the movements of my car and the particles on the coat were denied to my defence.
As a consequence of all of the above I have instructed my legal team to appeal the conviction against me on the grounds that I did not receive a fair trial for the following reasons;
1. I was refused the right to a trial by jury and instead I was tried by a single judge in a Diplock court,
2. This single judge in the absence of any physical evidence against me resorted to negative inference and opinion,
3. Evidence which may have assisted my defence or undermined the case against me was kept hidden from my legal team through the use of Public Interest Immunity Orders,
4. Several witnesses were granted anonymity thereby preventing the defence from properly cross examining them.
I would like to thank you for taking the time to read this short description of what has happened to me and I would ask you to do all that you can to highlight this miscarriage of justice in the hope that I will get the chance of a fair trial at my appeal."
Samantha Faulder, A1209CF, HMP Foston Hall, Foston, Derby, Derbyshire, DE65 5DN. [Correct as of: 04/11/21]
Sam Faulder is an anarchist prisoner currently serving a life sentence in England. Sam is a miscarriage of justice who has spent over fourteen years in the prison system for a murder she did not commit. She has recently been working on her appeal with Cardiff University's Innocence Project.
She has been an anti-authoritarian her whole life and was relentlessly targeted by police because of her lifestyle choices. After serving nearly two years on remand, Sam’s trial was a disaster. Police corruption impacted her trial and her solicitor firm withdrew from her case three weeks before it began. Her need to appeal coincided with cuts to legal-aid and she has been trapped in the prison system ever since. She is now working with Cardiff University’s Innocence Project on her appeal. Learn more about her case and appeal here: http://freedomforsam.org/about/
About Sam’s health: After ten years experiencing every abuse imaginable, Sam was sadly diagnosed with cancer in 2016. She has still not had treatment. She has experienced intense medical neglect while being imprisoned in a for-profit prison, HMP Peterborough, run by Sodexo. Read the full story of her cancer situation here: http://freedomforsam.org/sams-cancer-timeline/
Support Sam needs:
Please send letters and cards with solidarity messages
Please donate to her support fund: http://freedomforsam.org/donate/
Organise actions and dedicate them to Sam, this will mean the world to her!
Pay attention to the website for action alerts about her treatment
Share her story online
For more info please email: bristol_abc[at]riseup.net
Kevan Thakrar, A4907AE, HMP Belmarsh, Western Way, London, SE28 0EB, UK. [Correct as of: 20/09/21]
Kevan Thakrar was wrongly convicted of murder and attempted murder in 2008 using multiple hearsay evidence under 'joint enterprise', the legal rule which means that any member of a group can be convicted of a crime, regardless of whether they played any role in it. Kevan wasn't present when the murder took place, but he was sentenced to life with a minimum of 35 years in jail. He was aged just 20.
Kevan has been consistently subjected to vengeful abuse and violence from prison guards for speaking out about his and other prisoners treatment. In March 2010 Kevan was charged with assaulting three prison officers in HMP Frankland, but was subsequently found not guilty of the assault in a landmark legal acquittal, where the finger of blame was instead pointed directly back at the Prison Service, whose regime of racism and violence was clearly exposed throughout the four-week trial.
Despite being found not guilty Kevan has been held ever since in solitary confinement in the notorious Close Supervision Centres, the UK equivalent to the F.I.E.S. regime in Spain, and the Supermax in the US. The ‘Prisons within the Prisons’ exist to facilitate the suppression, mental breakdown and murder of those who rebel within the prison system, those who ask too many questions, complain too many times, lash out in frustration, or are irreducible. Despite all this, Kevan continues to speak out about the injustices suffered there by himself and other prisoners around him.
For more information about his case:
or see our page of writings about and by Kevan
Denis Boltut [Boltut Denis Viktorovich], Penal colony No. 2. vulica Sikorskaha 1,213800, Babrujsk, Belarus. [Correct as of: 06/11/21]
Denis Boltut is an antifascist and fan of the MTZ-RIPO football club. He was detained after the protests on September 23 against Lukashenko’s inauguration. Denis was charged with 342 part 1 (organisation and preparation of actions grossly violating public order, or active participation in them).
On July 2, 2021, he was sentenced to six years in prison.
Tamaz Pipiya [Pipiya Tamaz Vazhevich], Penal colony No. 1. 211440, Navapolack, vulica Technichnaya 8, Belarus. [Correct as of: 06/11/21]
Timur Pipiya is an antifascist from Minsk and a fan of the football club "MTZ-RIPO“. He was detained on September 25 under suspicion of organising mass riots on September 23 during Lukashenko’s inauguration. He was charged under part 1 of article 342 (organisation and preparation of actions that grossly violate public order or active participation in them). He is being held in the pre-trial detention center of Zhodzina.
On July 2, 2021, he was sentenced to five years in prison.
Vitaliy Shishlov [Shishlov Vitaly Vyacheslavovich], Penal colony No. 3, 211322, Viciebsk region, Vićba, Belarus.. [Correct as of: 06/12/20]
Vitaliy Shishlov is an antifascist and fan of "MTZ-RIPO“ football club. He was detained on September 23 during protests against Lukashenko’s inauguration. Vitaly was charged under Art. 364 (violence or threat of violence against an officer of internal affairs) and Art. 293.1 (organisation of mass riots).
On July 2, 2021, he was sentenced to six years in prison.
Andrei Chepyuk [Chepyuk Andrei], SIZO-1, 2 Volodarskogo St., Minsk, 220030, Belarus. [Correct as of: 06/11/21]
Andrei Chepyuk is an anarchist from Minsk, volunteer of the Human Rights Center "Vesna“. He was detained in Minsk on August 2 by GUBOP. On October 9 Andrey was charged under part 2 of article 293 of the Criminal code – "participation in mass riots“. He remains in pre-trial detention centre-1 in Minsk.
Ivan Krasovsky is a Belarusian anarchist who was detained on September 24 in Minsk. A criminal case under article 293.2 was brought against Ivan – participation in mass riots (from three to eight years). He is now in pre-trial detention center № 1 in Minsk.
Ivan had initially been detained on August 12 when, after being severely beaten by GUBOPIK and OMON officers, he ended up in hospital. Due to injuries of varying severity, he had to use the wheelchair for two weeks.
On February 19, 2021, he was sentenced to 3 years of restriction of freedom with a referral, left the country.
Belarus Anarchist Partisans
Sergey Romanov [Romanov Sergey Alexandrovich],
Ihar Alinevich [Ihar Alinevich Vladimirovich],
Dzmitry Rezanovich [Rezanovich Dzmitry Grigorevich],
Glavpochtamp, a/ya 8, Minsk, 220050, Belarus. [Correct as of: 06/11/21]
Belarus anarchists Dzmitry Dubovski, Sergey Romanov, Ihar Alinevich and Dzmitry Rezanovich were arrested on the night between 28 and 29 October 2020 in Belarus close to Ukrainian border by Belarusian border guards. Allegedly charged with terrorism and illegal possession of firearm. According to prosecutors office the four comrades organised several arson attacks in Soligorsk and Mozir against state institutions. Right now they are all being held in KGB Prison in Minsk.
Akihiro Khanada-Gaevsky [Khanada-Gaevsky Akikhiro Svyatoslavovich], ul. Volodarskogo 2, SIZO-1, Minsk 220030, Belarus. [Correct as of: 28/10/21]
Akihiro is an anarchist from Minsk detained on August 12, 2020 with Aliaksandr Frantskevich and accused under part 2 of article 293 of the Criminal Code – "participation of mass riots". Akihiro was beaten during his arrest and detention and is being held in SIZO-1 in Minsk.
Mikalai Dziadok, [Dedok Nikolay Aleksandrovich], ul. Volodarskogo, 2, SIZO-1, 220030 Minsk, Belarus. [Correct as of: 28/10/21]
Anarchist and blogger Mikalai Dziadok was detained late in the evening of November 11, 2020. After his arrest Dziadok was tortured for several hours and forced to give passwords to the encrypted equipment.
The investigation believes that Dziadok repeatedly called for illegal actions on his Internet pages, including participation in protests and resistance to the cops. Dziadok himself was forced to go underground even before the revolution because of the threat of political persecution. Mikola’s trial started on June 29, 2021
[Belarus ABC have stated that, whilst they have condemned certain positions of Dedok on feminism and antiracism published in his texts, they consider it important to continue critically support him.]
Mikita Yemelyanau, [Yemelyanov Nikita Vladimirovich], ul. Krupskoy 99a, ST-4,, 212011, Mogilev, Belarus. [Correct as of: 28/10/21]
Anarchist from Belarus, sentenced to 4 years for setting fire to Minsk pretrial detention centre and attacking a court with paint bulbs in solidarity with another anarchist, who was being kept there under arrest at that time.
Igor Banzer [released]
Igor Banzer is an antifascist, musician and anarchist from Grodno. He was detained on October 20 in Grodno. He was charged under part 1 of article 339 (hooliganism) for performance in front of a cop car. On March 19, 2021 sentenced to 1.5 years of custodial restraint, which he began on June 17, 2021 in an open-type correctional facility. [last updated 20/12/21]
Mikita Yemelyanau (Yemelyanov Nikita Vladimirovich), ul. Krupskoy 99A, ST-4, 212011 Mogilev, Belarus. [Correct as of: 06/12/20]
An anarchist from Minsk, he was detained on October 19, 2019together with Ivan Komar on suspicion of attempted arson at a Minsk pretrial detention centre (article 295-3 "Illegal actions with combustible substances“ and article 344 "Intentional destruction or damage of historical and cultural values“) in solidarity with Dzmitry Palijenka, who was being held there under arrest at that time. Later the charges were also brought for another unsuccessful attack on the same pretrial detention centre (article 295-3 "Illegal actions with combustible substances“ and article 344 "Intentional destruction or damage to historical and cultural property“), as well as for throwing paint at the Minsk city court in solidarity with Dzmitry Palijenka (article 341 "Desecration of buildings and destruction of property“).
On February 12, 2020 Mikita Yemelyanau and Ivan Komar were found guilty and sentenced to 7 years of prison each.
On March 27, 2020, the appellate court commuted the sentence of Mikita Yemelyanau to 4 years, that of Ivan Komar – to 3.5 years of imprisonment.
Ivan Komar bears false witness against Yemelyanau, so ABC groups are not supporting him.
See also: abc-belarus.org/ for up-to-date news on Belarus prisoners. Also, you can send on-line letters to Belarusian prisoners via the website.
Claudio Lavazza, N. d’ecrou 11818, MA 1, 1er droite cellule 131, Centre Pénitentiaire de Mont-De-Marsan, Chemin de Pémégnan, BP 90629, 40000 Mont de Marsan, France. [Correct as of: 27/05/21]
In 1996 three anarchists and a fourth militant were arrested during a bank robbery in Malaga (Spain). In the shootout that followed the robbery, two guards were fatally wounded. Claudio Lavazza was sentenced to 49 years, while the other three comrades were sentenced two to 48 years and one to 3 years. Furthermore, in 1999, the Malaga court of appeal sentenced Claudio and two other comrades (also convicted of the robbery) to 11 years each for a raid on the Italian consulate, also in Malaga, in December 1996. On that occasion, the Italian vice-consul was held up by three masked and armed people who sent a message of solidarity with the anarchists arrested in Italy for Operation 'Pontelungo' (better known as the Marini trial, the huge trial brought by the repressive forces against dozens and dozens of anarchists during the 1990s in Italy), and then walked away stealing passports and money.
Claudio has other convictions pending in France and Italy due to his years of struggle and clandestinity in various countries: in the late 1970s he took part in the revolutionary struggle in Italy, participating in particular in Proletari Armati per il Comunismo (Armed Proletarians for Communism), and then came closer to anarchist ideas during his long absconding. In November 2019, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison for a robbery that took place in Saint-Nazaire, France, on July 4, 1986. In 2012 he published an autobiographical book entitled 'Pestifera la mia vita' (My Pestilential Life).
UPDATE: Having served almost 25 years in the Spanish state’s prisons, Claudio Lavazza has been extradited to France where he has an outstanding sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment (the procedure of accumulation of sentences is in progress, which will establish the actual period still to be served). With regard to the sentences [of several decades in prison] he accumulated in Italy during his time in the Proletari Armati per il Comunismo (“Armed Proletarians for Communism”, PAC), this morning [May 12] the Court of Assizes of Milan declared the sentence time-barred! [15/05/21]
Vincenzo Vecchi, [released after extradition refused. 15/11/19]
Anarchist Vincenzo Vecchi, who was sentenced to 13 years and 3 months in connection with the Genoa G8 portests in 2001 (later reduced to 11 years and 6 months on appeal), was wanted from 2012 until 8 August 2019, when he was arrested in Brittany, France, thanks to joint work of the French and Italian police, with the contribution of the Italian 'anti-terrorism'; has not yet been extradited because, during some hearings in which the court of Rennes dealt with immediate extradition (requested by the Italian State on the basis of the two international arrest warrants issued by the prosecutors of Genoa and Milan), the French judges considered that the documents provided by the Italian justice system were insufficient to allow the transfer to Italy so, for the moment, he remains in prison in France. [correct as of :10/11/19.]
Thomas Meyer Falk, c/o JVA (SV-Abtlg.), Hermann-Herder-Str. 8, D-79104 Freiburg, Germany. [Updated: 05/11/21]
In 1996, Thomas was sent down for eleven and a half years for bank robbery. Because of his strong beliefs, he's been subject to very harsh repression - kept in solitary, daily cell raids, suppression and censorship of mail, no access to education. In 2007, he was finally been moved out of solitary and was able to participate in education and other activities. He has applied for parole on a number of occasions since then but has always been turned down. At the end of June 2013, the District Court of Karlsruhe decided that Thomas was still a "danger" to the community and he is now being held in preventive detention.
Thomas is still refusing to collaborate with any psychiatric reviewers and remains banged up "preventively for security reasons" in the notorious hellhole of Freiburg.
For more info email: [email protected]
or see https://freedomforthomas.wordpress.com/thomas-meyer-falk/
Rainer Loehnert, Südlicher Rundweg 20a, Haus F1, Station 1, 47551 Bedburg Hau, Deutschland. [Correct as of: 08/11/21]
Rainer Loehnert is 55 years old and has been locked up for more than 31 years in various prisons and mental houses, of which he has long been in isolation and on "secured stations". He is currently held in the forensic psychiatry in Bedburg Hau (North Rhine-Westphalia).
Rainer was admitted to a closed psychiatry by means of a "determined incapacity and negative danger prognosis according to section 63 of the Criminal Code" due to a personal injury that he suffered 32 years ago. This resulted in an unofficial, seemingly endless "preventive detention" and long-term overdose of psychotropic drugs. During his entire detention, Rainer's anti-fascist and anti-authoritarian attitudes, actions and acts of resistance were repeatedly pathologized as "morbid" and "delusional".
He opposed his unbroken will to defend himself against this prison System to the humiliation and terror of nurses, doctors, therapists, assessors, judges, etc. and other prisoners (neo-Nazis). The fights have cost him a lot of strength and nerves. In the three decades Rainer went on hunger strikes, attempted several escape attempts, and resisted various police units as well as provocations of the staff and fellow neo-Nazi prisoners.
He participated in the hunger strike in solidarity with the struggling Prisoners in Greece in July 2014, and has repeatedly denied medication and urine checks, what is often punished with solitary confinement or fixation, forced medication.
Rainer writes and reads very much, and expressing solidarity with various struggling (ex-)prisoners, such as Marco Camenisch and Gabriel Pombo da Silva. He keeps or seeks contact, among others, with some anti-prison projects and individuals and informs himself about current (anti-domination) fights.
He tries get in touch with (fighting) people from inside and outside of prison around the world. Rainer speculates about current (anarchist) struggles, especially in Europe, as well as anarchist newspaper projects, but also "classics" of anarchist theories and practices.
Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire Prisoners
Most of the CCF prisoners are currently involved in a series of new trials dealing with the 250 bombings and arsons between 2008 and 2011 alleged against the organisation (including attacks on the Golden Dawn’s offices, the Athens Administrative Court, and Koridallos prisons), as well as the sending of a series of 14 parcel bombs. All are also under investigation concerning the 'Phoenix' project and the 'Operation Ardire' case.
UPDATE: On July 8, 2016, the Koridallos prison court – presided over by special judge Asimina Yfanti – convicted all members of the anarchist revolutionary organisation Conspiracy of Cells of Fire (CCF) – Gerasimos Tsakalos, Christos Tsakalos, Giorgos Polydoros, Olga Ekonomidou, Theofilos Mavropoulos, Panayiotis Argyrou, Giorgos Nikolopoulos, Michalis Nikolopoulos, Damiano Bolano, and Haris Hatzimihelakis – to 115 years in prison each.
Angeliki Spyropoulou sentenced to 28 years in prison. Athena Tsakalou and Evi Statiri found not guilty. Christos Polydoros given 6 year suspended sentence. Christos Rodopoulos sentenced to 75 years in prison. Christodoulos Xiros sentenced to 65 years in prison. Fabio Dusko sentenced to 8 years in prison. Four other defendants sentenced to 27-28 years in prison each. Four other defendants were acquitted of membership in the organisation but received a 6-year suspended sentence. Two other defendants were found guilty of misdemeanor offences and another two were found not guilty.
Christos Rodopoulos [Χριστος Ροδοπουλος], Sofronistiko Katastima Domokou, T. K. 35010, Domokos, Fthiotida, Greece.
[Correct as of: 05/08/21]
Damiano Bolano [Released 21/03/19]
Giorgos Nikolopoulos [Γιώργος Νικολόπουλος]
Michalis Nikolopoulos [Μιχάλης Νικολόπουλος]
Dikastiki Filaki Korydallou – Andrikes Fylakes-A’ Pteriga, TK 18110, Korydallos, Athens, Greece. [Correct as of: 10/11/19]
Damiano Bolano was also serving a 68 years sentence for being member of CCF and charges stemming from the 'Halandri case' trial and will be deported after serving the maximum 25 years.
Giorgos and Michaelis Nikolopoulos are also serving 68 years sentences for being member of CCF and charges stemming from the 'Halandri case' trial & 16 months for illegal possession of arms.
Olga Ekonomidou (Oikonomidou) [Όλγα Οικονομίδου]
Dikastiki Fylaki Korydallou – Gynaikeies Fylakes, TK 18110, Korydallos, Athens, Greece. [Correct as of: 10/11/19]
Giorgos Polydoros [Χρήστος Τσάκαλος]
Dikastiki Filaki Korydallou – Andrikes Fylakes-A’ Pteriga, TK 18110, Korydallos, Athens, Greece. [Correct as of: 10/11/19]
Olga, Giorgos and Christos were arrested on March 14, 2011 and are currently awaiting trial in the 'Volos case' and for other Cells of Fire-related charges.
All currently awaiting trial on Cells of Fire-related charges, having been held in pre-trial detention for more than 3 years.
Theofilos Mavropoulos [Θεόφιλος Μαυρόπουλος]
Dikastiki Filaki Korydallos – Andrikes Fylakes-A’ Pteriga, TK 18110, Korydallos, Athens, Greece. [Updated: 22/08/18]
On May 18, 2011, Mavropoulos was arrested in the Athens neighbourhood of Pefki after being seriously wounded during a shoot-out with two patrol officers. Giannis Michailidis, the comrade who was with him, managed to escape and has taken full responsibility for his role in that incident already. Mavropoulos is being charged with two counts of attempted homicide, among other charges. After spending a month in the hospital, he was transferred to the "general population" wing at Koridallos. At the end of December 2011 he was moved to Malandrino as preliminary punishment for the escape he attempted alongside several Fire Cells Conspiracy members. He has since joined the CCF.
Konstantinos Giagtzoglou [Κωσταντινος Γιατζογλου], Dikastiki Fylaki Korydallou, Ediki Pteryga, T.K. 18110, Korydallos, Athens, Greece. [Correct as of: 05/08/21]
Anarchist comrade Konstantinos Giagtzoglou was arrested on October 28, 2017, while exiting a hideout rented by him under a false identity and while transferring guns and explosive materials. Ntinos is accused of being a member of the Conspiracy of Cells of Fire and for sending parcel bombs to various E.U. officials including the former prime minister of Greece, Loukas Papadimos. The cops' accusations are based on a mixed DNA sample and on the fact that Ntinos was visiting a former anarchist prisoner in Korydallos prison in early 2013. The comrade stated that both renting the flat and transferring the equipment were part of “revolutionary solidarity” and denies all other charges. Dinos was sentenced to a total of 11 years and 2 months’ prison without parole.
To keep up to date on the various CCF cases [in English], see:
# NB: Prisoners held in the new 'special wings' and C Type prisons in Greece have severe restrictions place upon their communications. Phone calls are all monitored and mail is subjected to censorship and your letters may not reach the intended recipient.
Revolutionary Struggle Prisoners & Others
On April 10, 2010, the Anti-terrorist Department of the Greek Police arrested six people in Athens :
Nikos Maziotis, Panagiota 'Pola' Roupa, Kostas Gournas, Vaggelis Stathopoulos, Sarandos Nikitopoulos, and Christoforos Kortesis. All were known for their long presence in the anarchist/anti-authoritarian movement. Two weeks later, Nikos Maziotis, Pola Roupa, and Kostas Gournas admitted to participating in the organiSation known as Revolutionary Struggle (Epanastatikos Agonas). Stathopoulos, Nikitopoulos, and Kortesis denied the charges and stated that they were being persecuted for their years of anarchist activity and their comradely political relationships with the others. Two others, Marie Beraha and Kostas Katsenos, were also charged and included in the trial.
UPDATE: On Friday, April 23, 2021, at the Loukareos Court in Athens, the verdict was pronounced against anarchists Vaggelis Stathopoulos (imprisoned) and Dimitris Chatzivasileiadis (in hiding since October 2019) and against the third defendant, D. M.
Vaggelis Stathopoulos was given 19 years without appeal; Dimitris Chatzivasileiadis: 16 years without appeal; and
D. M.: 10 years with appeal. [Updated: 28/04/21]
Vaggelis Stathopoulos [Βαγγέλης Σταθόπουλος]
Dikastiki Fylaki Larisas, TK 41334, Larissa, Greece. [Correct as of: 05/11/21]
Kostas Gournas [Κώστας Γουρνάς]
ΚΑΥΦ (Central Prison Material Warehouse), Nikiforidi 2, Korydallos, 18122, Attica, Athens, Greece.
Nikos Maziotis [Nικος Μαζιωτης]
Dikastiki Filaki Domokou, D’Wing (Δ’Πτερυγα), T. K. 35010, Domokos, Fthiotidas, Greece. [Updated: 26/11/20]
Giorgos Petrakakos [Γιωργος Πετρακακος]
Dikastiki Filaki Korydallos, Special wing [Eidikí Pteriga], TK 18110, Korydallos, Athens, Greece. [Correct as of: 05/08/21]
Pola (Panagiota) Roupa [Πόλα (Παναγιωτα) Ρούπα], Dikastiki Fylaki Eleonas – Gynaikeies Fylakes, T. K. 32200, Thebes, Greece. [Updated: 01/11/21]
On April 3, 2013 the judgment on the Revolutionary Struggle case was handed down:
Nikos Maziotis was sentenced to 86 years’ imprisonment in absentia; his sentence was merged into 50 years. Pola Roupa and Kostas Gournas were both sentenced to 87 years (Pola sentenced in absentia); each sentence was merged into 50 years and 6 months.
For all three of them, the maximum prison term is 25 years (which are typically served either as a full sentence or by day wages in prisons, or after the completion of 3/5 of the prison term, when a prisoner can be granted conditional release under specific conditions).
Following a second trial with regard to the attack with a car bomb containing 75kg of explosives against the Bank of Greece’s Supervision Directorate in central Athens on April 10th 2014; the shootout in Monastiraki on July 16, 2014 (when comrade Nikos Maziotis was injured and recaptured by police); and expropriations of bank branches, on March 3, 2016, Nikos Maziotis was sentenced to life in prison plus 129 years and a fine of €20,000; Pola Roupa, who is still at liberty, was again sentenced in absentia, this time to 11 years in prison on misdemeanor charges (but she will also stand trial on felony charges if she is arrested); Antonis Stamboulos was sentenced to 13 years in prison and Giorgos Petrakakos was sentenced to 36 years in prison plus a fine of 9,000 euros. [Updated: 06/04/16]
Kostantina Athanasopoulou [Κωσταντινα Αθανασοπουλου], Eleonas Women’s Prison, Dikastiki Fylaki Eleonas, T. K. 32200, Thebes, Greece. [Correct as of: 05/08/21]
Giannis Michailidis [Γιαννης Μηχαιλιδης], Malandrinou prison [Κ. Κ. Μαλανδρίνου], T. K. 33053, Malandrino, Fokidas, Greece. [Correct as of: 05/08/21]
Dimitra Valavani [Δήμητρα Βαλαβάνη], was released on July 30, 2021 as she had already been in prison sin Jan. 31, 2020.
Arrested in Athens on January 29, 2020 during a repressive operation aimed at the arrest of Kostantina Athanasopoulou and Giannis Michailidis, who had been fugitives and wanted for some time. They were arrested in a stolen car and in possession of firearms.
Kostantina Athanasopoulou had been a fugitive since she was released on bail in 2019. Arrested in Athens on 5 January 2017, together with Pola Roupa, and accused of activities related to the revolutionary anarchist organisation Lotta Revolutionaria, she was sentenced in absentia in one of the trials against Revolutionary Struggle, again in 2019, at 35 years and 6 months.
Giannis Michailidis had escaped from the Tyrintha rural prison in June 2019. Arrested in February 2013 together with three other anarchists [see below], for the double armed robbery in Velventos (Kozani region), at the end of the trial he was sentenced to 16 years and 4 months in prison. In addition to this, he was serving a further sentence for a clash with police in Pefki (Athens area) in May 2011. During a check, two policemen and the anarchist Theofilos Mavropoulos, himself wounded, were shot and shot. he was arrested, while Giannis Michailidis managed to escape by stealing the police car. For these facts he was sentenced to 15 years in prison. [Updated: 26/11/20]
UPDATE: At their terror court trial on June 29, 2021, Kostantina Ahanasopoulou was sentenced to 2.5 years, Giannis Mixailidis to 26 years (20 years "merged") and Dimitra Valavani to 2.5 years.
Argyris Ntalios (Dalios) [Αργύρης Ντάλιος]
Dimitris Politis [Δημήτρης Πολίτης]
Dikastiki Filaki Korydallou – D ’ Pteriga, T.K. 18110, Korydallos, Athens, Greece. [Addresses Correct as of: 10/11/19]
Nikos Romanos, Andreas-Dimitris Bourzoukos, Giannis Mihailidis and Dimitris Politis were arrested after a car chase on 01/02/2013 following the double robbery of a branch of the National Post office and a branch of the Agriculture Bank in Venvento, Kozani. In addition, Nikos Romanos and Giannis Mihailidis were accused in the case of the two Volos and Kalithea houses; Giannis Mihailidis and Dimitris Politis for the robbery at a branch of Agriculture Bank in Filotas; Florina and Giannis Mihailidis were accused of taking part in a gunfight with cops in Pefki. Fivos Harisis and Argyris Dalios were arrested on 20/04/2013 in Nea Filadelphia, Athens and were also accused of robbery. Argyris and Fivos denied the accusations and their prosecution was based solely on DNA samples collected from the area where the robbery took place. Argyris Dalios was also accused in the case of the two houses in Volos and Kalithea and, along with Foivos Harisis, of the robbery at a branch of Agriculture Bank in Filotas, Florina.
All six were also accused of being members of CCF, something that both they and CCF deny.
On Wednesday, October 1, 2014, the Koridallos prison court in Athens found anarchist prisoners Yannis Michailidis, Nikos Romanos, Andreas-Dimitris Bourzoukos and Dimitris Politis (who have claimed political responsibility for the double armed robbery in Velventos, Kozani) as well as Fivos Harisis and Argyris Ntalios (who have denied all charges) guilty of:
– committing robbery while masked or disguised (except Dimitris Politis, who was convicted as an accessory),
– aggravated possession of firearms (for the guns used in the double expropriation),
– aggravated vehicle theft (for the car of the dentist-hostage used as getaway vehicle).
The final prison sentences against the six comrades were:
Giannis (Yannis) Michailidis: 16 years, 4 months and 10 days.
Nikos Romanos: 15 years and 10 months.
Andreas-Dimitris Bourzoukos, Fivos Harisis, Argyris Ntalios: 15 years and 11 months.
Dimitris Politis: 11 years and 5 months.
Finally, as proposed earlier by the prosecutor, the court acquitted all of the accused of alleged involvement in the CCF urban guerrilla group. However, there are other trial court cases underway that include the exact same accusation against the anarchist comrades.
An appeal by the prosecution in the Velvedo case has been set for April 20, 2016 in the women's wing of Koriddalos prisons. The court case is likely to last at least 2 years and take it well beyond the date that the six would normally be released under license. Therefore the six argue that the trial is merely an attempt to keep them in prison without filing any new charges. [source]
Giannis Dimitrakis [Γιαννης δημητρακης], Sofronistiko Katastima Domokou, TK 35010, Domokos, Fthiotida, Greece. [Correct as of: 05/08/21]
On 12 June, 2019, anarchists Giannis Dimitrakis and Kostas Sakkas were arrested along with the anarchist Dimitra Syrianou (who was later released on restrictive terms) for the expropriation of a guarded money transport that was about to refill an ATM at the university hospital AHEPA. Giannis Dimitrakis was sentenced to 11.5 years without mitigation for robbery, possession of a weapon and use of a forged document.
Kostas Sakkas [Κωστας Σακκας], Dikastiki Filaki Korydallos – Andrikes Fylakes-A’ Pteriga, TK 18110, Korydallos, Athens, Greece. [Correct as of: 05/08/21]
Arrested on December 4, 2010 in Nea Smirni case (possession of weapons and explosives). In January 2014 released on bail and went on the run. In December 2014 was sentenced in absentia to 16 years. Was rearrested with Marios Seisidis in August 2016 and sentenced to 2 years and 9 months for using forged documents and car registration plates, car theft and disobedience to authorities. On June 12, 2019, Sakkas was arrested in Thessaloniki with Giannis Dimitrakis and Dimitra Syrianou, during expropriating a guarded money transport that was about to refill an ATM at the university hospital AHEPA.
Kostas Sakkas was sentenced to 7 years and 10 months. Their co-accused anarchist comrade Dimitra Syrianou was sentenced to two years in prison with a three-year suspension for simple complicity in robbery, and was released.
Marios Seisidis [Σειχιδης Μαριος], Dikastiki Fylaki Korydallou, A. Pteryga, TK 18110, Korydallos, Athens, Greece. [Correct as of: 05/08/21]
Comrade Marios Seisidis has been acquitted of six of the robberies that he had been accused of but was found guilty of the bank heist at Solonos Street and three consecutive 'attempted murder' charges (concerning the bank guard and two police officers). He has been sentenced to 36 years imprisonment in total.
Spyros Christodoulou [Σπυρος Χριστοδουλου], Dikastiki filaki Larissas, TK 41110, larissa, Greece. [Correct as of: 05/11/21]
On May 29, 2015, during an anti-terrorist operation of the Greek police in the area of Nea Anchialos in Magnesia (in close distance to the city of Volos), Spyros Dravilas fell dead inside a safe house under unverified circumstances. The police operation against dubbed ‘Distomo robbers’ resulted not only in the death of Spyros Dravilas (an illegalist and ex-prisoner in struggle), but also in the arrest of Grigoris Tsironis (an anarchist comrade, very active over the past two decades, who was on the run since 2006) and Spyros Christodoulou (an illegalist and unruly ex-prisoner).
# NB: Prisoners held in the new 'special wings' and C Type prisons in Greece have severe restrictions place upon their communications. Phone calls are all monitored and mail is subjected to censorship and your letters may not reach the intended recipient.
There's a steady stream of reports of extensive repression from Italy. Ecological anarchists, squatters and ALF activists are more and more active, but are also facing more arrests, raids and random fit-ups. http://en.contrainfo.espiv.net/ is a good source for the latest news from Italy in English and https://malacoda.noblogs.org/indirizzi-degli-anarchici-imprigionati/ or https://roundrobin.info/lista-dei-prigionieri/ [Italian prisoners only] for up-to-date prisoners addresses [both in Italian].
Following an investigation initiated by the Rome Public Prosecutor’s Office and called operation 'Bialystok', seven anarchists were arrested in Italy, Spain and France on June 12, 2020, while the Bencivenga Occupato anarchist squat in Rome and some homes were searched. Two people were placed under house arrest, while five others were detained in prison. The five people under arrest in prison are charged with “subversive association for the purposes of terrorism and subversion”, “instigation to commit crimes” and other minor offences (all aggravated by the terrorist subversive purpose) mainly concerning some initiatives in solidarity with the defendants of the 'Panico' trial in Florence.
Part of the charges relate to two actions: one of the five who are in prison is charged with “act of terrorism with deadly or explosive devices” and “instigation to commit crimes” in reference to the explosive attack against the Carabinieri barracks in the San Giovanni neighbourhood, an action claimed by the Cellula 'Santiago Maldonado' / FAI–FRI (Rome, December 7, 2017); while the comrade under house arrest is charged with an incendiary attack against three Enjoy cars, the carsharing service linked to ENI, Italian multinational oil and gas company (Rome, February 28, 2019). The other comrade placed under house arrest, who is also a defendant in the 'Panico' trial, was released by order of the review court (he is charged with “conduct with the aim of terrorism”). The latter two comrades, who were placed under house arrest on June 12, 2020, are not charged with the crime of subversive association that the other five are accused of.
The investigation started with the action against the Carabinieri barracks in the San Giovanni neighbourhood in Rome, and then evolved into the monitoring of the Bencivenga Occupato. The ROS of carabinieri thus hypothesised the existence of a “cell” that from August 2018 would have been based at the occupied space and that from there would have promoted “subversive activities” mainly through a series of initiatives in solidarity with the defendants in the 'Panico' trial. The other specific charges against the five who are in prison relate to two written texts that the ROS [Special Operational Grouping] have placed at the basis of the charge of subversive association with the purposes of terrorism, the organisation of three demonstration meetings under the walls of the prisons of La Spezia and Sollicciano in Florence (La Spezia, October 7 and November 18, 2018, and Florence, December 31 of the same year), an unauthorized solidarity demonstration (La Spezia, January 5, 2019), some wall writings and sticking up of posters (Teramo, February 8, 2019, and Rome, February 12, 2019), a theft of cement bags (Rome, February 6, 2019), the elaboration of two texts published in view of the initiative 'From the underground', a hip hop music festival held at the Bencivenga (Rome, March 2019), a greeting to the inmates under the women’s Rebibbia prison at the end of the 'From underground' initiative (Rome, March 31, 2019) and the blocking of the eviction of a house (Rome, January-March 2019). [04/03/21]
UPDATE: Flavia, Robi and Nico were released on conditional bail on March 12, 2021, nine months after their initial arrests. Three days later Francesca was also released. Claudio remains behind bars. [16/03/21]
Claudio Zaccone, C. C. di Siracusa, strada Monasteri 20/C, Contrada Cavadonna, 96100 Floridia (SR), Italy. [Correct as of: 05/08/21]
During the night of May 13, 2020, seven anarchists were arrested between Bologna, Milan and Tuscany, five others were required to reside in the municipality of residence and the anarchist documentation space Il Tribolo in Bologna was searched. The repressive operation, called 'Ritrovo', was coordinated by the public prosecutor Stefano Dambruoso and the Carabinieri of the ROS (Raggruppamento Operativo Speciale), who carried out the arrests and searches jointly with the provincial command of the Carabinieri of Bologna.
The seven arrested are charged with article 270bis of the penal code (subversive association with the purpose of terrorism or subversion of the democratic order), the other charges relate to articles 414 (incitement to commit a crime), 639 (defacement and soiling) and 635 (damage). One person is accused of article 423 (fire) for the incendiary attack of December 16, 2018, against some telecommunications antennas located in San Donato in Bologna and intended for the transmission of national and local television networks. On the site was left the writing "Turn off the antennas, awaken consciences. Solidarity with the anarchists detained and under surveillance."
The repressive forces affirm that the arrested anarchists are accused of having created a subversive-terrorist association having "the objective of affirming and spreading the anarchic-insurrectionalist ideology, as well as instigating, with the diffusion of propaganda material, the commission of acts of violence against the institutions." Furthermore, the public prosecutor's office of Bologna, with the help of the regime's media, underlined that the precautionary measures assume a "strategic preventive value aimed at avoiding that in any further moments of social tension, arising from the particular emergency situation [linked to the coronavirus epidemic], other moments of more general anti-State struggle campaign can take place." [14/05/20]
These are the current addresses of the arrested comrades:
C. R. di Alessandria "San Michele", strada statale per Casale 50/A, 15121 Alessandria, Italy. [Correct as of: 14/05/20]
C. C. di Vigevano, via Gravellona 240, 27029 Vigevano (PV), Italy. [Correct as of: 14/05/20]
C. C. di Ferrara, via Arginone 327, 44122 Ferrara, Italy. [Correct as of: 14/05/20]
C. C. di Piacenza, strada delle Novate 65, 29122 Piacenza, Italy. [Correct as of: 14/05/20]
On May 21st, 2019, three anarchists were arrested in the context of a repressive operation called 'Prometeo' (Prometheus) and carried out by the ROS (Raggruppamento Operazioni Speciali / Special Operational Grouping) of the carabinieri. Some searches have also been carried out. The main accusation is of "attack with terrorist or subversive purposes", as they were held responsible for sending three bomb packages arrived in June 2017 to the prosecutors Rinaudo (prosecutor in several trials against the antagonist movement and the anarchists) and Sparagna (prosecutor in the trial for the 'Scripta Manent' operation) and Santi Consolo, at the time director of the DAP (Dipartimento dell’Amministrazione Penitenziaria / Department of Penitentiary Administration) of Rome. They are not accused of any "associative" crime (such as articles 270 or 270bis of the Italian penal code). A comrade, Natascia, was arrested in France and was transferred to Italy, in the Rebibbia prison (Rome). Between July and August 2019, on several occasions, with the clear intention of weakening the conditions and aggravating the isolation, they were transferred to the prisons of Alessandria, L’Aquila, Terni, Sassari, Rossano Calabro, Piacenza and Pavia. In June, Natascia participated in the hunger strike against the restrictions and conditions of the female AS2 (Alta Sorveglianza 2, "High Surveillance 2") section of the prison of L’Aquila, destined to lock up the anarchists.
Natascia Savio, [Released on 04/10/21]
Robert Firozpoor, [released on 02/12/19]
Giuseppe Bruna, C. C. di Bologna "Dozza", via del Gomito 2, 40127 Bologna, Italia – Italy. [Correct as of: 05/10/21]
UPDATE: On May 10, 2012, Giuseppe Bruna was found guilty of having placed an incendiary device against a post office in Genoa on June 8, 2016, and sentenced of five years in prison. The incediary device, which was was faulty and failed to ignite, was part of a campaign of attacks against Poste Italiane because of its collaboration in the expulsion and deportation of migrants through the airline Mistral Air (controlled by Poste Italiane). [15/05/21]
UPDATE: At the end of their trial on Monday October 4, 2021, Natascia, Beppe and Robert
were acquitted "for not having committed the fact" due to the lack of evidence presented by the prosecution. The court ordered the release of Natascia after two and a half years of imprisonment (Robert had been released on bail in December 2019), while Beppe remains in prison to serve the 5 year sentence handed down on May 10, 2021. [05/10/21]
On Thursday February 7, 2019, at 4:40 a.m., the eviction of the squat "Asilo occupato" (the occupied kindergarden") in Via Alessandria 12 in Turin, occupied since 1995, began. The eviction was carried out as part of the "Operazione Scintilla" ("Operation Spark"). Several hundred Carabinieri in riot gear, police officers and Guardia di finanza with machine guns and plain clothes police not only evicted the house, but also arrested six anarchists. A seventh person is still being searched for.
The charges are serious: formation of a subversive association, incitement to crime and the possession, manufacture and transportation of explosives in a public place. The charges are related to the resistance against the Italian migration regime, namely against the deportation camps/prisons CPR and CIE (Centro per l’Immigrazione e il Rimpatrio = Immigration and Repatriation Centre; Centro di identificazione ed espulsione = Identification and Deportation Centre), more information below.
The Asilo was evicted as part of this operation because the state regards it as the "logistical and operational base" of this "subversive, insurrectional association".
The eviction of the Asilo was delayed by the squatters for 36 hours because some of them had retreated to the roofs. In the meantime, sympathisers organised wild demos in the city, where there were clashes with the police. The Asilo was made uninhabitable in the last few days (destruction inside, bricked up windows, etc.).
During the big solidarity demonstrations there were several arrests and over 300 identity checks. Many arrested people report bruises inflicted by the police when they were arrested. At least four people had to go to the hospital because of their injuries. The accusations for the twelve people arrested at Saturday’s demonstration are devastation, looting, resisting orders, bodily harm and possession of weapons. However, in the meantime, these twelve people who got arrested at the demo are again free but have to report daily to a police station (as of February 13).
*Details of the accusations*
The allegations: formation of a subversive association; incitement to crime; possession, manufacture and transportation of explosives in a public place.
The six persons were arrested at the request of the anti-terror group of the Turin public prosecutor’s office. The indictment is that the accused
"have promoted, constituted, organised and participated in the creation of a subversive association (ex Art. 270 c.p.) which is intended to and can influence national immigration policy through the repeated destruction of the CIE/CPR and through systematic acts of violence and intimidation against the companies involved in the management of the abovementioned structures."
("aver promosso, costituito, organizzato e partecipato a un’associazione sovversiva (ex art. 270 c.p.) diretta e idonea a influire sulle politiche nazionali in materia di immigrazione mediante la ripetuta distruzione dei CIE/CPR e con sistematici atti di violenza e intimidazione nei confronti delle imprese impegnate nella gestione delle sopra indicate strutture di accoglienza")
The arrested are accused of "21 subversive attacks" in various Italian cities: On the one hand, 15 parcels of explosives were allegedly sent to companies in Turin, Bologna, Milan, Rome (French Embassy), Bari and Ravenna; six other explosives affected the offices of the Italian Post Office (Poste Italiane) in Turin, Bologna and Genoa. Poste Italiane was allegedly hit because, as the owner of the airline "MistralAir", it has held the ministerial mandate for deportation flights since 2011.Two of the arrested (together with two yet unidentified persons) are accused of having placed explosive devices in front of Poste Italiane ATMs in Turin on April 30 and June 9, 2016.
"In order to establish contacts within CPR, they threw tennis balls with a multilingual brochure and a mobile phone number with which they agreed simultaneous actions within and outside the CPR structure. Then they put matches and everything needed to start a revolt and setting Fire in packages of biscuits and other goods."
Allegedly, the aim of these actions was to weaken or destroy the CPR’s "capacity" (see
A lot of money is needed, long prison sentences are imminent – people are very grateful for solidarity contributions to the following account:
Giulia Merlini e Pisano Marco
ABI 03475 CAB 01605
You can continue to write letters to and support the remaining Turin prisoners:
Giada and Larry were released from custody.
The accusation of subversive association (Article 270) was dropped. The other accusations remain for all defendants, except: Niccolò was sentenced to "double imprisonment", one for art. 270, the other for a firecracker apparently found in his house. [08/03/19]
All four of the other comrades -Silvia, Niccolò, Beppe and Anto -have been released under house arrest. [25/09/19]
Andreas Krebs, Sez. 4 Stz. 5, Sez. Mediterraneo (CASA CIRCONDARIALE SECONDIGLIANO), Via Roma Verso Scampia, 250, Cap 80144 Napoli (NA), Italy. [Correct as of: 05/08/21]
Andreas is a former rebel long-term prisoner and anarchist, who was 16 years behind bars until October 2014. Now he is back in the clutches of justice. In autumn 2014, after his release, he met his current wife Jutta. Both decided to spend a quiet retirement in the south of Italy. At the end of December 2016 there was a dispute with his former employer, who attacked Andreas and strangled him. Andreas stabbed him in self-defence with a penknife. Sadly, the victim died in the hospital three days later under mysterious circumstances, although it was said shortly after the act that he would survive. In April 2019 he was sentenced in Italy to 24 years for intended murder. In addition, Andreas has recently been diagnosed with kidney cancer. His health is deteriorating and we fear for his life. Actually, he should undergo surgery months ago, but the Italian authorities refuse to transfer him to a hospital.
Carla Tubeuf, C. C. di Vigevano, via Gravellona 240, 27029 Vigevano (Pv), Italia. [Correct as of: 24/11/20]
On July 23, 2020, Carla was arrested in France, an anarchist fugitive since February 7, 2019 as the recipient of an arrest warrant in the context of the 'Scintilla' operation. In August she was extradited to Italy. [20/09/20]
Leonardo Landi was arrested on February 26, 2019 following a sentence of cassation concerning a robbery in 2007 for which some anarchists were arrested and investigated in the context of the 'Ardesia' operation. He was sentenced to a sentence of 2 years and 8 months. The other convicted defendants have already served their sentence. At the end of January 2020, he was sentenced to an additional 18 months for attempted robbery in connection with clashed during an anti-fascist protest in Pinerolo in 2018.
Leonardo Landi was released from Sollicciano prison (Florence) on March 25, 2021 at the end of his sentence.
During the night and the morning of Tuesday, February 19, 2019, seven anarchists were arrested in various places in Trentino (Italy): Agnese, Giulio, Nico, Poza, Rupert, Sasha, Stecco. One person (Sasha) was placed under house arrest while all the others were imprisoned in various prisons. The main accusations are "subversive association for the purpose of terrorism and subversion of the democratic order" (article 270bis of the penal code) and "terrorist attack" (article 280 of the penal code), with reference to some direct actions that took place in Trentino during the last few years. Other offences of which they are accused are: "interruption of public service", "damage", "sabotage of telematic devices", "fire" and "transport of exploding material".
At the same time 50 searches were carried out, with about 150 policemen and Carabinieri mobilized in the repressive operation (which was given the name "operation Renata", apparently a name taken from the nickname given to a car used by some comrades). The investigations were conducted by Digos (state police) and ROS (Carabinieri). On the same day of the arrests, a press conference took place in Rome, organised by anti-terrorism. It is clear the attempt to hit the anarchist presence in Trentino, pigeonholing and describing the relations between anarchist comrades within a phantom "subversive association" (with leaders, inciters, cashiers, responsible, "hideouts", etc.), an accusation trying to convey as many years as possible in prison.
It is probable that soon the comrades will be transferred to other prisons (therefore the addresses will change). Below are the latest updated addresses.
[Stecco] Luca Dolce, C.C. Modena, strada Sant’Anna 370, 41122 Modena, Italia. [Correct as of: 28/12/19]
Giulio Berdusco, Roberto Bottamedi, Nicola Briganti, Andrea Parolari, and Agnese Trentin have since been released under house arrest.
UPDATE: Convictions were handed down for the crimes of production of false documents, damage, violation of the arms law on December 5th. Poza was sentenced to two years and six months; Agnes and Stecco at two years; Rupert at one year and nine months; Sasha and Nico at one year and ten months; Giulio was acquitted and released on the same day. [Correct as of: 10/12/19]
Statement found on: www.autistici.org/macerie/
Seven comrades were arrested on February 19, 2019 in Trentino. They are accused of subversive association with the purpose of terrorism (Article 270 bis) and an attack for terrorist purposes or subversions (Article 280).
The short-term nature and the large scale of the repressive operation "Renata" - in addition to the arrests, more than 30 searches have been carried out - do not yet allow us to get an accurate picture of the allegations and the investigation hypothesis, nor do we yet know in which prisons the comrades are locked up.
However, we do not need more time or more precise information to say who the detained comrades and other persons involved in Operation Renata in different ways are.
They are comrades who have been engaged for years, not only in the cities where they live; in the struggles against war and militarism, against borders, raids and the reactionary wind that is cutting off our air more and more. Against prisons and police violence. The comrades were determined not to leave the fascists any space and capacity to act, they were determined to fight against the many projects of environmental destruction, from the high-speed line Verona-Brenner to the wall of Mori. Comrades who on many occasions stood by the side of those fighting against the constant deterioration of working conditions. comrades, whom we have known and appreciated for many years, for their courage and determination. Precious comrades.
This is the bank account for solidarity donations for the detainees of Trento:
IBAN: IT04H3608105135138216260316268 (Name: Bezerra Kamilla)
BIC/SWIFT code: PPAYITR1XXX
Maddalena Calore, Casa Circondariale di Montorio, via San Michele 15, 37141 Verona, Italy. [Correct as of: 15/01/22]
Anarchist comrade Maddalena ‘Madda’ Calore is back in prison following her arrest under a warrant from a previous case (she was released from prison in March 2013 following a previous period in prison). During the search of her home on March 3, 2017 the police allegedly found ‘compromising’evidence, namely a toy air gun and 5 firecrackers, items that the Italian press reported as 'a pistol' and '5 sticks of dynamite capable of blowing up a car'. She got 4 years and 3 months due to previous convictions.
Juan Antonio Sorroche Fernandez, C. C. di Terni, strada delle Campore 32, 05100 Terni, Italy. [Correct as of: 15/01/22]
In May 22, 2019, anarchist comrade Juan, a fugitive and wanted for about two years for some final sentences, was arrested. Two houses were searched in the province of Brescia and two homes of parents of a companion and a companion in the Brescia hinterland. Another comrade (Manu) was also arrested, initially stopped and whose arrest was then validated (he was also taken to the prison in Brescia), accused of 'personal aiding' (article 378 of the Criminal Code), with the aggravating circumstance of 'aiding the abduction of the execution of the sentence' (in reference to Juan's inaction). In the following days there were other searches at the same homes that were already searched. Furthermore, Juan is accused of an explosive attack on a Lega Nord headquarters (August 2018, Treviso), with accusations of 'massacre' and 'terrorist attack'. For these accusations he would have received a notification of custody in prison. At the beginning of June they were transferred to the prisons of Terni and Monza (Juan is in a section AS2).
Operation Scripta Manent
On September 6, 2016, Torino’s section of the DIGOS antiterrorist unit unleashed an anti-anarchist operation under the name 'Scripta Manent'. House searches were conducted in various regions of Italy. Anarchists Alfredo Cospito and Nicola Gai, incarcerated since September 2012 for kneecapping Adinolfi (Olga Cell FAI/FRI), received a new arrest notification whilst in prison. Additionally, six arrests were made on the outside (five in the context of this operation; one as outcome of a house search).
Operation Scripta Manent seeks to attribute to the accused a series of actions claimed by FAI (Informal Anarchist Federation) in Italy. Therefore, the comrades Marco, Sandrone, Anna, Danilo and Valentina, alongside Nicola and Alfredo [see separate entry below], are likely to face charges of "subversive association with terrorist intent“.
Anna Beniamino [imprisoned since September 6, 2016]
C. C. di Roma Rebibbia femminile, via Bartolo Longo 92, 00156 RomaItalia. [Correct as of: 15/01/22]
Anna was detained in 2019 and sentenced to 16.5 year of prison within the Scripta
Manent operation that tried to attribute to a single direction a series of direct actions
claimed by the Informal Anarchist Organization. In particular, the attacks inserted in this investigation include the parcel-bombs sent to the CPT’s [detention centres for immigrants] director in Modena in May 2005, to the traffic cops barracks in Torino-San Salvario and to the chief-police of Lecce (claimed by FAI/Narodnaja Volja), the explosive device against the RIS barracks [carabinieri forensics] in Parma (October 24, 2005, claimed by FAI/Cooperativa Artigiana Fuoco e Affinioccasionalmente spettacolare), the parcel-bomb sent to the Mayor of Bologna Sergio Cofferati (November 2, 2005, claimed by FAI/Cooperativa Artigiana Fuoco e Affinioccasionalmente spettacolare), the devices against the carabinieri cadets’ barracks in Fossano (June 2, 2006, claimed by FAI/RAT-Rivolta Anonima e Tremenda), the devices placed in the Turin neighbourhood, Crocetta (March 7, 2007, claimed by FAI/RAT); among the other actions also the wounding of Adinolfi (May 7, 2012), despite the fact that two comrades have already been convicted and have publicly claimed this attack, to corroborate the crime of association. It seems that the investigators, felt the need to structure their clues, used even linguistic and graphology experts, in addition to electronic and computer surveillance, and tailing.
C. C. di Terni, strada delle Campore 32, 05100 Terni, Italy. [Correct as of: 15/01/22]
Alfredo Cospito and Nicola Gai were arrested on September 14th, 2012 and accused of shooting Ansaldo Nucleare manager and Finmeccanica affiliate, Roberto Adinolfi, in the knees – an action carried out by Olga nucleus FAI/FRI in May 2012. In May 2015, their sentences were reduced, Alfredo’s to 9 years and 5 months in prison, Nicola’s to 8 years and 8 months.
In September 2016, they were declared suspects in a new case of participation in an underground organisation with terrorist intentions (Informal Federation of Anarchists). In April 2019, Alfredo was sentenced to 20 years, held responsible for the possession and transport of explosives in relation to the bomb in Parco Ducale near the Parma RIS ("scientific investigation department" of Carabinieri) of 24 October 2005 (acquitted of the crime of attack because the "crime was impossible" as the switch of the bomb was off), of the explosive envelope sent to the then mayor of Bologna Cofferati in 2 November 2005 (convicted of the bombing plus "possession and transportation of explosives"), of attacks with multiple explosive devices at the Carabinieri school of Fossano on June 2, 2006, and in the Crocetta district in Turin in 7 March 2007 (crime of "massacre aggravated by the fact that the goal would have been the police" and acquitted of the aggravating circumstance of political motivation), of sending explosive parcels to the then mayor of Turin (Chiamparino), to the editor of the newspaper "Torino Cronaca" (Giuseppe Fossati) and to COEMA Edilità (company involved in the restructuring of the CIE, "identification and expulsion centre" for migrants) in July 2006. He is also indicated as promoter of the FAI (Federazione Anarchica Informale), recognised as a "subversive association with terrorism purposes". The aggravating circumstance of trans-nationality has fallen. [Updated: 05/08/21]
UPDATE: On November 24, 2020 the following sentences were handed down ito those comrades convicted during the first trial:
— Anna Beniamino: 16 years and 6 months (first trial: 17 years).
— Alfredo Cospito: 20 years (as in the first trial), in continuation with the sentence of cassation at 9 years, 5 months and 10 days of the trial for the action against Adinolfi.
— Nicola Gai: 1 year and 1 month (first trial: 9 years), in continuation with the sentence of cassation at 8 years, 8 months and 20 days of the trial for the action against Adinolfi.
— Alessandro Mercogliano: acquitted of all charges (first trial: 5 years).
— Marco Bisesti: acquitted from the charge of "subversive association with the purpose of terrorism and subversion of the democratic order" (first trial: 5 years), but sentenced to 1 year and 9 months for "incitement to commit crimes" in relation to embership of 'Croce Nera Anarchica' (Anarchist Black Cross).
The sentence for "subversive association with the purpose of terrorism and subversion of the democratic order" has been confirmed for Anna Beniamino, Alfredo Cospito and Nicola Gai. As a result, comrades Nicola Gai, Alessandro Mercogliano and Marco Bisesti were then released. [26/11/20]
The Italian High Court confirmed on Friday 13th July 2012 the sentences for the 10 activists were guilty of devastation and looting crimes against private property and sentenced for crimes of "devastation and looting“ during the G8 summit in Genoa in 2001. Five of the defendants have been granted right to appeal against other related charges, and their cases will be re-examined by the judges. The other five had their appeals rejected and were imprisoned. In 2014, two of the sentenced were released on probation and under house arrest.
Francesco Puglisi - Released ["affidamento in prova ai servizi sociali) (probation assignment with social service)]
Francesco Puglisi, who likes to be called by his nickname "Gimmy", went on the run after being sentenced to 14 years in prison following a trial for "devastation and looting" during the 2001 Genoa revolt, was arrested in Barcelona on June 5, 2013. He was then extradited to Italy and has been in the transit section of Rebibbia prison in Rome since July 5, in Jimmy's words, "waiting until the dogs of the administration or the Department of Penitentiary Administration decide in which section to put me," and was later moved on to a wing in the same prison.
Davide Delogu, C. C. Nuovo Complesso, Contrada Cocari, 89900 Vibo Valentia, Italia. [Updated: 15/01/22]
An anarchist convicted of a number of robberies and thefts, Davide has already spent more than 20 years in prison. On May 1, 2017, he attempted to escape from the Brucoli prison in Augusta, Sicily, almost succeeding. In April 2019 he was transferred to the prison in Rossano Calabro and also in the same month censorship of his correspondence was imposed. He is currently under the punnative 14 bis solitary isolation regime with approximately two more years disciplinary isolation left. [Updated: 01/04/20]
Mauro Rossetti Busa, Casa Circondariale di Marino del Tronto, via dei Meli 218, 63100 Ascoli Piceno, Italia. [Updated: 26/11/20]
Mauro Rossetti Busa was sentenced to 12 years of imprisonment for fire, evasion and manufacture of explosive material, threats and with the aggravating circumstance of recidivism and social danger. The original attacks took place in 2018 in the vicinity of the headquarters of Casapound and the multinational distributor Eni in Sant’Anna, which has for some time been in the sights of anarchists for its activities abroad. Mauro Rossetti Busa had previously been involved in an attack on a public prosecutor in Florence in March 2004. During the hearing he remained unwavering in his convictions: “I’ll send you a pack-bomb, the next one will be for you and these cops,” he said.
Paolo Todde, C. C. di Nuoro, Località Badu ‘e Carros, via Badu ‘e Carros 1, 08100 Nuoro, Italia. [Correct as of: 15/01/22]
Sardinian anarchist and separatist arrested on October 31, 2017 following an armed robbery in a post office in Cagliari. At the end of the first degree trial he was sentenced to 6 years in prison.
NB: Moscow ABC advise that letters in English are seldom accepted in Russian prisons, so if you do not have a chance to write in Russian (i.e. by using simply phrases and translating them by a translation program), just send photos and postcards.
Andrei Kazimirov, [Kazimirov Andrei Sergeyevich 1991 g.r.], SIZO-4 Medved, 127081, 4 Vilyuyskaya St., Moscow, Russia. [Correct as of: 05/08/21]
Andrei Kazimirov is an anti-fascist from Brest, was detained on January 14, 2021 in Moscow and arrested with the intention of extradition to Belarus, where he is charged under Article 293.2 of the Criminal Code (participation in mass riots).
UPDATE: The Moscow court decided to deport him to Belarus on July 29th, but the European Court of Human Rights has halted the deportation until January 15, 2022. Meanwhile, he is in remand prison and some mail could cheer him up. [05/08/21]
On the September 10th Chelyabinsk Central area district court sentenced Anastasia Safonova and Dmitry Tsibukovski to 2 and 2.5 years in prison respectively, charged with "hooliganism". Their crime – they hung a banner with the text "FSB is the main terrorist" in solidarity with anarchist prisoners of the Network case to the fence of the FSB office in Chelyabinsk in November 2018. They were remanded in April of 2020, and released in July of the same year to wait for the court. Tsibulkovski admitted that he had hung the banner under torture with electric shocks.
Currently both are waiting for the appeal court verdict in a remand prison, so you can send them mail to cheer them up:
Anastasia Safonova, [Safonova Anastasia Viktorovna 1991], SIZO-3 ul. Artilleriyskaya 66a, 456205 g. Chelyabinsk Russia. [Correct as of: 05/08/21]
Dmitry Tsibulkovski, [Tsibulkovski Dmitry Aleksandrovich 1993 g.r.], SIZO-1 ul. Rossiyskaya 53A, 453006 Chelyabinsk Russia. [Correct as of: 05/08/21]
"Minecraft Terrorists" Case
Two boys, who turned 15 years old last year, Nikita Uvarov and Denis Mikhaylenko, have been in jail since last summer, accused of plotting a terrorist attack. According to the charges, they were, among other things, planning to build the headquarters of the Russian security service FSB in Minecraft, and to blow it up there. The two were arrested in June 2020 after they spread posters demanding the release of anarchist and mathematician Azat Miftakhov, arrested in Moscow. One of the posters was posted on the local FSB building in Kansk. Denis and Nikita were also planning to organise a Food Not Bombs-event in Kansk, to give food to the homeless.
A third teenager, Bogdan Andreev was also arrested at the same time but is currently under house arrest, and is not allowed to use phone or Internet. All three are charged with "Studying in order to carry out a terrorist attack", and "Membership and founding of a terrorist organisation". Besides playing Minecraft and putting up posters, the three were preparing small fireworks and discussing means to struggle against the current regime in Russia. With these charges, adults would spend in prison at least 15 years, up to a jail sentence. Because Denis, Nikita and Bogdan are underage, maximum sentence is 10 years in prison. [see: The 14 Year Old Minecraft "Terrorists" Of Russia for more on the story]
You can write to Nikita and Denis in prison, but in remand imprisonment, there is heavy censorship, and it is better to avoid overtly political themes. Letters must be in Russian, but with Google translate it is often possible to make understandable translations. In case you do not trust machine translations, you can send for example photographs or drawings.
Nikita Uvarov, [released on May 5th pending his court appearence]
Denis Mikhaylenko, [Mikhaylenko Denis Sergeevich 2005 g.r.], SIZO-5 ul. Kaytymskaya 122, g. Kansk 663600 Krasnoyarskiy Kray Russia. [Correct as of: 28/10/21]
You may also donate for the prisoners via Paypal of ABC Moscow, [email protected]. If you want to donate to Nikita and Denis via this paypal, it is obligatory to include message "for Minecraft case". Otherwise it is impossible to know purpose of your donation.
In the run-up to presidential elections and the FIFA World Cup, repression against antifascists and anarchists started in Russia. In Autumn 2017, 6 people were arrested in Penza; several of them had weapons and explosives planted on them. FSB officers then tortured the antifascists right in the detention facility: they applied naked wires to the activists’ various body parts and turned the electricity on, they beat them up, hanged them upside down. While torturing them, the agents made the activists learn by heart the story the FSB needed: they were supposed to confess of having founded and belonging to a terrorist organisation called 'The Network'. In late January 2018, two more antifascists were arrested in Saint-Petersburg. They, too, were beaten up, tortured with electric current, and forced to incriminate themselves by confirming they were members of the 'Network'.
For the full background to the case, see: https://rupression.com/en/
Viktor Filinkov, [Filinkov Viktor Sergeevich 1994 g.r.], IK-1 Krymskiy per. 119, 460026 g. Orenburg, Russia. [Correct as of: 05/08/21]
Viktor Filinkov (Виктор Филинков) as born in Petropavlovsk, Kazakhstan. From the age of 10 have interest in remote control robots, fixing electronic devices, computer programming. After school moved to Omsk (Russia) where he started working as computer programmer (coder). Linux-community user, open-source software and open-internet enthusiast. Gave lectures about internet-security. Left-wing activist, antifascist, supporter of the trade union movement.
On January 23th of 2018 was arrested by FSB during investigation of so-called 'Network' case.
In June 2020, St. Petersburg’s military court sentenced Viktor Filinkov, 25, to seven years and Yuli Boyarshinov, 28, to 5.5 years in a penal colony.
Yuliy Boyarshinov, [Boyarshinov Yuliy Nikolayevich 1991 g.r.], 186420, Respublika Kareliya, g. Segezha, ul. Lejgubskaya. FKU IK-7 UFSIN Rossii po Respublike Kareliya, Russia. [Correct as of: 05/08/21]
Yuliy Boyarshinov (Юлий Бояршинов) was born in St.Petersburg, Russia. Studied at ITMO University, faculty of physics and engineering. Worked as industrial alpinists.
For the last 5 years he was one of the organisers of 'Free Market' in St.Petersburg, it’s an event, where you can take the things you need and leave the ones you don’t need. Vegetarian, volunteer in animal shelters. Enjoys travelling and hiking, likes science fiction.
On January 21 of 2018 was arrested. On 11th of April Yuliy was changed with participation on terrotistic society 'Network'. FSB officers were threatening him to worsen his prison conditions if Yuliy will not cooperate. Later they moved him to another cell with 150 prisoners - murder, rape, and robbery convicts. Moreover cell has only 115 beds.
In June 2020, St. Petersburg’s military court sentenced Yuli Boyarshinov, 28, to 5.5 years in a penal colony (commuted to 5 years 3 months).
Mikhail Kulkov [Kulkov Mikhail Alekseevich 1994 g.r.], FKU IK-6 UFSIN Rossii po Respublike Marij El, 424006, g. Joshkar-Ola, ul. Stroitelej, 56a, Russia.
Born in Penza, he graduated from the Penza Trade and Economic College, specialty cook-technologist. After studying he served the army as radio man. After the army he planned to open a fast-food joint for the beginning, and in the future a cafe.
Detained on July 4, 2018 in the frame of the investigation of the so-called 'Network' case.
In 2020, he was sentenced to 10 years prison on charges of participation in a terrorist group (part 2 of the statute 205.4 of Russian criminal codex), and drug related charges (part 3 of statute 30 with parameter "g" of part 4 of statute 228.1 of the Russian criminal codex).
Andrey Chernov [Chernov Andrei Sergeevich, 1989 g.r.], FKU IK-5 UFSIN Rossii po Udmurtskoj Respublike, 427965, Udmurtskaya Respublika,g. Sarapul, ul. Raskol'nikova, 53a, Russia.
Born in the city of Kamenka in the Penza region. He studied at the Penza Pedagogical Institute at the Faculty of Physics and Mathematics. A vegetarian, he took part in 'Feed the hungry' actions. He lived with his twin brother Alexei in a rented apartment in Penza and worked in a factory as a fitter. Detained in early November 2017 as part of the so-called 'Network' case investigations. He was charged under Part 2 of Art. 205.4 of the Criminal Code of Russia (Participation in Terrorist Group).
You can also send Vasiliy a message online via RosUznik.
Vasiliy Kuksov [Kuksov Vasiliy Alekseevich, 1988 g.r.], FKU LIU-3 GUFSIN Rossii po Nizhegorodskoj oblasti, 606707, Nizhegorodskaya oblast', Krasnobakovskij rajon,p.Prudy, ul. Central'naya, d.22, Russia.
Born in Serdobsk in the Penza region, he studied at an Agricultural academy before working as an constructing engineer in Penza. Volonteered in animal shelters. Since being a student interested in music: many times participated in the 'Hoper' song-writing contest, was a member of the band Academic, and used to perform in Penza Philharmonia. Enjoys nature and hiking. Married to his girlfriend who he dated for 10 years before being arrested on November 19, 2017, during investigation of so-called 'Network' case. He was beaten-up during his interrogation.
You can also send Vasiliy a message online via RosUznik.
Ilya Shakurskiy [Shakurskiy Ilya Alexandrovich, 1996 g.r.], FKU IK-17 UFSIN Rossii po Respublike Mordoviya, 431161, Zubovo-Polyanskij rajon, p. Ozernyj, ul. Lesnaya, d. 3, Russia.
At the time of his arrest, Ilya was living in Penza and was a student of the Faculty of Physics, Mathematics and Natural Sciences of the Pedagogical Institute n.a. Belinsky of Penza State University. An environmental activist-ecologist and anti-fascist, at school he helped organise his classmates in a clean-up of the river Moksha. On October 19, 2017, the FSB officers detained as part of the so-called 'Network' case investigations. Charged under Part 1 of Art. 205.4 of the Criminal Code of Russia (Organization of terrorist group). Arrested. During the investigation, Shakurskiy was tortured: beaten, tortured with electricity, hung upside down.
You can also send Vasiliy a message online via RosUznik.
Check Rupression for updates.
Evgeni Karakashev, [Karakashev Evgeni Vitalevich, 1978 g.r.], 361424, Kabardino-Balkariya, CHegemskij rajon, p. Kamenka, ul. D.A. Mizieva, 1, FKU IK-1, Russia. [correct as of 05/08/21]
Evgeny Karakashev was born on August 21, 1978 and lives in Yevpatoria, Crimea. On February 1, 2018, Karakashev was detained, and on February 2, 2018, arrested on suspicion of committing crimes under Part 1 of Art. 282 (the incitement of hatred and enmity) and Part 2 of Art. 205.2 (public calls for terrorism) of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation. According to the investigation, Karakashev published a video on one of his pages in social network VKontakte at the end of 2014, which allegedly calls for terrorism. In addition, according to the order, in January 2017, he posted from another account in a chat room for 35 people a text that contains signs of “propaganda of the ideology of violence” and “calls for terrorist activities”. In April 2019, he was sentenced to 6 years of prison.
For more information: link
See also: wiki.avtonom.org for up-to-date listings of prisoners in the ex-Soviet Union that are currently being supported by Moscow ABC.
Gabriel Pombo da Silva, Centro Penitenciario Mansilla de las Mulas, Paraje Villahierro, 24210 Mansilla de las Mulas (León), España. [Correct as of: 05/08/20]
Spanish insurrectionary anarchist and former long-term prisoner, who is best known for his book 'Diario e ideario de un delincuente' (Diary and ideology of a criminal; 2006) and his involvement in the so-called ‘Aachen 4 case’, has long been the target for the repressive forces of states across Europe. He is once again in prison following his detention on yet another international arrest warrant awaiting extradition to Spain.
Gabriel's currently legal situation is as follows:
* The Girona prosecutor's office demands that Gabriel serve another 16 years following an interpretation of a non-existent penalty calculation, as they are attempting to deny the 'principle de especialidad' should have previously applied (one of the reasons why Gabriel's release was possible in June 2016). This must also be claimed and reiterated by Germany at the request of Portugal if deemed appropriate.
* Extradition remains frozen while Portugal analyzes the situation, questions Germany about the 'principle de especialidad' and determines the situation in order to grant extradition or not.
* The objective of the defence is immediate release thanks to the recognition of the same 'principle de especialidad'
* If this is not achieved, the goal would be to avoid extradition and to ensure that he would serve his supposed residual sentence in Portugal, avoiding the persecution he would undergo in Spanish prisons.
* In the event of extradition, we would fight so that this sentence is not served, by the application of reduced sentences and mergers of different sentences, which has never happened until now (this could happen even if he is imprisoned in Portugal).
* In any case, it is necessary to work via legal avenues so that no power of attorney can reopen any previous lawsuit and make any possible arrest warrant vain.
Given that Gabriel's legal case will include the need for legal representation in both Spain and Portugal, and in all likelihood Germany too, his legal expenses will be high. A bank account has been opened, on behalf of his partner Elisa, so that he can receive solidarity contributions in the quickest, direct and most organised means possible.
Owner: Elisa Di Bernardor
Bic/Swift Code: BKBKESMMXXX
UPDATE: Gabriel was handed over to the Spanish authorities on May 12th and is currently in prison in Badajoz (Extremadura) under the FIES 5 regime, created for prisoners with «special characteristics» [e.g. international crime, gender violence or with racist or xenophobic character, very serious crimes that have caused great social alarm, Islamist terrorism, radical fanaticism related to terrorist ideology, ect.] and has been given the 2nd degree (previously he could access prison benefits, enjoy permits and even probation), and the intervention of all communications (letters are opened and read, visits are recorded). [20/06/20]
Rodrigo Lanza, Apartado de correos 33044, Ronda universitat 23., 08007 Barcelona, Spain. [Correct as of: 02/11/21]
On September 23, 2020 Chilean anarchist and member of the Zaragozan anarchist squatter scene Rodrigo Lanza was sentenced to 20 years in prison for the aggravated murder of Víctor Laínez, 55, after beating him on December 8, 2017 in Zaragoza.
Rodrigo had previously been sentenced to five years in prison on November 26, 2019 for reckless manslaughter but that sentence was set aside in April 2020 by the Superior Court of Justice of Aragon, which ordered a repeat trial.
The latest sentence came a week after the court found the Chilean guilty of murder with the aggravation of ideological hatred. Judge María José Gil Corredera was inclined to grant him the lowest sentence requested by the parties. He will have to serve at least 2/3 of his sentence before being considered for release, and since he had already been in custody for three years, this will mean he will have to serve at least twelve years in prison. [Updated: 12/11/20]
The Altsasu group are eight Basque youths who faced charges of terrorism over a bar fight in which two off-duty Civil Guards and their girlfriends were injured. They were convicted of public disorder, but not terrorism, and sentenced to between two and 13 years in prison for the crimes of attacking agents of the authorities, injuries, public disorder and threats.
The court decided that the fight was down to "ideological reasons and antagonism towards the Civil Guard", and the judges imposed the maximum sentences possible for the charges. They included aggravating factors of abuse of superiority and hatred.
The court imposed sentences of 13 years in prison for Oihan Arnanaz and Iñaki Abad, 12 years for Jokin Unamuno and Adur Ramírez de Alza, nine years for Julen Goikoetxea and Aratz Urrizola and two for Ainara Urkijo. They also ruled compensation of €9,200 for the Civil Guard lieutenant involved, €3,750 for the sergeant and €6,100 each for their partners.
Contact address for all the Altsasu 8 prisoners:
Centro Penitenciario Madrid VII, Estremera, Madrid / Carretera M-241, Km.5.750, CP 28595, Spain. [Correct as of: 11/06/18]
Straight Edge Madrid
Five comrades from a vegan and anarchist group from Madrid, Spain, called Straight Edge Madrid were arrested on November 4, 2015 in their families’ houses. One of them was not in the country but the police were looking for him too.
On Friday four of them were freed but had to pay €3.000, 4.000 and 10.000 in bail fees respectively, the other two, Borja Marquerie Echave and José Manuel Bustamante Vergara, were imprisoned without bail. They are accused of being part of a terrorist organisation and the police has taken away personal belongings such as hoodies, books and their computers. This is another move by a repressive state using excessive police force distracting from real political issues to sway the voters for the coming election.
The group they were part of (which has been forced to dissolve by police pressure) was anarchist, anti-speciesism and anti-drugs, they were organised and did a lot of activities to heighten people’s awareness of the state and its forms of repression.
Manuel and Borja are known to our Spanish comrades and they need our help. They are in separate prisons with FIES 3 regime which effectively means they have restricted communication and they are completely cut off from the outside.
UPDATE: Borja and Manuel have since been released on bail pending trial. [05/01/17]
Support Campaign Bank Account details:
0049 6396 51 2790012974 Santander
(Recordamos no poner nada en concepto).
On Tuesday, December 16, at 5am, hundreds of cops broke into several houses, social centers, and ateneos in Barcelona, and also an apartment in Madrid. It was part of Operation Pandora, an anti-terrorist initiative carried out by the the highest level of the Spanish court system. Several houses were searched and eleven anarchist comrades were arrested. They did not know what charges they were accused of when they were arrested, just given a vague "anarchist terrorism" charge.
On Thursday, December 18, seven of them went to prison and the other four were released under surveillance. All of them are now accused of the participating in the GAC (Coordinated Anarchist Groups), a group of people who held some meetings and edited some books. Earlier in November, 2013, five people were arrested and two are still in prison. They are also accused of the participating in the GAC and also committing some direct actions against churches. [21/12/14]
For more info: What’s Behind Operation Pandora?
UPDATE: The 7 comrades arrested on December 16, 2014 as part of Operation Pandora who were released on conditional bail on January 30, 2015.
Following the opening of the investigative file, it is now known that they are facing charges such as membership in GAC (Coordinated Anarchist Groups), attacks against banks, posting parcel bombs (one to the Archbishop of Pamplona, one to a member of the fascist congregation Legionaries of Christ, and others to Italian companies), while "they are linked"—always according to the police—with the explosive attacks against the Cathedral of Almudena in Madrid (February 7, 2013) and the Basilica of the Pillar in Zaragoza (October 2, 2013), the latter having led to the indictment and pretrial detention of our comrades Mónica Caballero and Francisco Solar.
The police statement ends with a victorious "according to the investigators, the structure of the GAC/FAI-FRI is disrupted in Catalonia, the stronghold of this criminal organisation with terrorist purposes against the Spanish State". What these servants of Power do not recognise (and never will) is that they sought to generate fear to all other comrades with this operation, which not only failed, but we can say without a doubt has generated the opposite effect. [source]
Madrid Five. Operación Piñata
On March 31st , during the second part of Operación Pandora, under the guise of Operación Piñata, there were many arrests in various Spanish cities: 9 in Madrid, 3 in Barcelona and 2 in Palencia. 14 others were arrested for resistance to authority. They were all released, except five who were accused of terrorism, sabotage and the placing incendiary devices as part of the Coordinated Anarchist Groups (GAC). They were put in preventive custody for two months, dispersed and then the Madrid Five, Paul Jara Zevallos, Javier Grijalbo Adán, Javier Garcia Castro, Jorge Linares Izquierdo and Enrique Balaguer Perez were released during the first week of June after being charged. [18/06/15]
On May 15, 2013 a major crackdown was launched by the Mossos D’Squadra [Catalan police] which was directed from the National Audience Court in Madrid [high prosecution panel], in which five anarchists were arrested in various parts of Catalonia for alleged membership of the Bandera Negra group (un grupo 'especialmente activo'). This is seen as a media-orientated coup to coincide with the second anniversary of the 15-M popular protests, a media lynching, where these libertarians still remain in pretrial custody.
The five comrades are currently dispersed in 5 different regional prisons under the FIES3 penitentiary regime. They are no longer in isolation, but the state continues with the other FIES restrictions they apply You can send letters to all of them at the following addresses listed below. Note that the communications are being monitored so we propose maximum prudence in the contents of the letters themselves. Details of the case and solidarity initiatives can be found on the support blog to the five of Barcelona.
Remember the account number solidarity for prisoners and their families:
Bankia account number (Spain): 2038 9252 63 3000365109
Mail for Silvia Muñoz Layunta, Juan José Garrido Marcos, Yolanda Fernández Fernández, Xabier González Solar and Jose Carlos Recio Minguez has recently been returned marked either 'unknown' or 'released' but we have no other current information on their status. We will amend when we have further news. [Updated: 11/06/15]
Basilica del Pillar Case
On November 13, 2013, the National Police raided the house of four anarchists in Barcelona, arresting the four comrades and another in the vicinity of her home the same morning. The five have been accused of having placed a device that exploded at the Basilica del Pillar in Zaragoza (Spain) on October 2. Arrested under the Anti-Terrorism Act against a backdrop of a media feeding frenzy, the 3 arrested Italian comrade Valeria Giamoni, Gerardo Damián Formoso and Rocío Yune, were released upon bail after remaining incommunicado for 5 days; their passports were retained and must appear in court on a periodic basis. The two Spanish comrades, Monica Caballero and Francisco Solar, were however remanded in "provisional custody" (i.e. pre-trial custody or remand) - charged with Illicit Terrorist Association, the placeing of Explosive Artefacts (specifically at the Church of Zaragoza) and Conspiracy to Commit Terrorist Acts (alleged plans to attack the Monastery of Montserrat in Barcelona) - by the National Court, for an unspecified period whilst the "investigations" take place.
UPDATE [21/12/16]: On December 16, 2016, the Supreme Court announced that it had reduced the sentences of Francisco Solar and Mónica Caballero from 12 to 4.5 years, plus €143,317 compensation for damages caused by the explosion at the Basilica of the Pillar in Zaragoza in October 2013. [source]
Mónica Andrea Caballero Sepúlveda and Francisco Javier Solar Domínguez were freed from prison and deported back to Chile on March 9, 2017. [Correct as of: 12/03/17]
NB: The Claudicar Nunca Rendirse Jamas blog covers all the latest news around the Basilica del Pillar Case and other current acts of state repression in Italy.
Marco Camenisch, has finally completed his period of 'gradual release' from prison and is now free. [10/03/17]
Osman Evcan, Silivri 9 Nolu Kapalı Cezaevi, C-4-26, Kampüs PTT Şubesi, Silivri-Istanbul, Turkey. [Correct as of: 08/10/21] [source]
Osman Evcan is an anarchist prisoner who spent his last 23 years in prison. In 1992 he was sentenced to 30 years in prison on charges of being a member of a leftist terrorist group and robbery. He was also imprisoned for 9 years between 1980-89. Osman adopted anarchist ideas in 2003, and has also become a vegan and supports animal liberation struggles.
Osman Evcan has been imprisoned in many different prisons all over the country during his conviction, fighting against authoritarian violence and especially the violence and oppression which is a systemic part of the prison’s hierarchical structure, and has continued his fight against prison’s oppressive mentality, without giving an inch, through a number of hunger strikes.
His first hunger strike in 2011, which lasted 42 days, was for vegan food to be available in prison. During that protest, anarchists and animal liberationists from all over the world, as well as in Turkey, supported Osman’s fight to access vegan food in prison. After 42 days on hunger strike the government gave in and made regulations for the vegan and vegetarian prisoners: "Vegan or vegetarian prisoners demands will be accepted as long as its limited by subsistence allowance."
After this victory, Osman continued the anarchist struggle from within the prison system. He has supported the LGBT, Animal Liberation, women rights and anti-imperialist struggles outside prison and has carried out 3-day hunger strikes to protest the animal massacre during each 'feast of sacrifice' every year. He has also written articles in support of a wide range of struggles and continues his political fight as much as he can from prison.
Markéta Všelichová and Miroslav Farkas were arrested on November 13, 2016 while attempting to cross the Habur border crossing from Turkey to Iraq. They were accused of participating in terrorist activity in Northern Syria and taken into custody. On the August 2 they were sentenced to 6 years and 3 months for belonging to the Kurdish defence forces YGP/YPJ (these non-state kurdish groups are fighting Daesh/ISIS, the turkish army which has been repressing Kurds for several decades, and the dictatorial regime of Bashar Al-Asad).
Markéta had been to Rojava twice, according to her own words she joined the defence forces and fell in love with the region and its specific cultural and political situation. This time she and Mirek were on their way to Rojava, where they planned to set up a field hospital for fighters and civilians, and eventually help with defence, as she says herself. Together they made a campaign before their big journey, during which they wanted to acquire the necessary material, while also not being afraid to make lectures about life, fighting and revolution in the region. These public activities also probably raised the interest of Turkish agents.
In an interview Markéta said she feels with people, who risk their life in the fight against evil, that she would like to help Rojava with anything it needs, and that she realises that as a European she has greater possibilities how to get involved and help. A bit my own way, but with them, as she said. Often we read about how Mirek and Markéta are not terrorists but innocent victims. We completely understand and respect this reaction of their close friends and family, but we do not think it is a strategy that is helpful to us nor do we dare to claim that both people in prison would agree with it. We do not want to waste energy by endlessly repeating the statement that they are not terrorists. Not because we think the opposite but because from historical and personal experience we know that the term terrorist itself is an empty term which the the state uses to label anyone it considers its enemy. In the Czech Republic it is used to describe anarchists, in western Europe radical Islamists and in Turkey it is used to describe the people who fight them.
Markéta and Mirek chose to make a brave step and unfortunately fell into custody of the Turkish state, the biggest oppressor of the Kurdish people for many decades and who therefore sees both activists as its enemy. Now they are both in a Turkish prison. If you feel solidarity with them and want to support them then first of all do not hesitate and write them a letter to the following addresses. (Letters must be written in English, you will find what to write and what not to write in the section "How to write letters")[https://antifenix.noblogs.org/files/2015/06/dopisovani_veznum.pdf]
Van T Tipi Kapali Ceza İnfaz Kurumu
Tevekli Mah. Erciş Yolu (Erciş Yolu 25. Km) Tuşba / Van
Turecká republika – Türkiye Cumhuriyeti
Van F Tipi Yuksek Guvenlikli Kapali Ceza Infaz Kurumu
Abdurrahman Gazi, Km, Ipek Yolu Cd. N°25
650 40 Van Merkez/Van
Turecká republika – Türkiye Cumhuriyeti
On mirekamarketa.cz you can find out about the legal campaign, possibilities of financial support of legal help and you will also find more information and materials.
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