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Wednesday, 6 June, 2001, 19:07 GMT 20:07 UK
Greece sent report on brigadier's killers

Police seal off Brigadier Saunders' car after the murder
A confidential report on the Greek terrorist group November 17 has been sent from Scotland Yard to police authorities in Greece.

The study follows a year-long UK investigation into the organisation which claimed responsibility for the killing of British military attache Brigadier Stephen Saunders in Greece on 8 June 2000.

British officers undertook a detailed review of all Greek police files on November 17 attacks spanning 25 years, and have put forward a number of recommendations for Greek police to consider.
Brigadier Stephen Saunders
Brigadier Saunders was shot four times

November 17, an elusive Marxist and anti-Western terrorist group, has claimed responsibility for the deaths of 22 people in more than 100 attacks since 1975 but none of its members have ever been arrested.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said Anti-terrorist squad and Special Branch officers were continuing to work closely with the Greek police, assisting them with investigative, forensic and other techniques.

A Foreign Office spokesman added: "We won't comment on the details of the report or operational matters for obvious reasons but we can confirm the report has been prepared and handed to the Greek authorities."

New anti-terrorist laws

Greece has been widely criticised for its record on combating terrorism but is expected to pass new, controversial legislation later this week to crack down on the threat.

It will provide for non-jury criminal trials, a limited right of appeal, DNA testing of suspects without their consent and broader police powers for infiltration and surveillance.

Greek police have offered a reward for Brigadier Saunders' killers.

An inquest at Salisbury, Wiltshire, in April heard that the 52-year-old brigadier was shot in an ambush as he drove to the British Embassy in Athens.

He was blasted through the passenger window of his official white Rover 800 after two men on a motorcycle pulled alongside in halted traffic.

In Athens on Wednesday the district attorney's office filed blanket murder charges against the "unknown perpetrators" responsible for the assassination.

The move suggested they still have no specific suspects in mind but it allows a full-time prosecutor and magistrate to be assigned to the case.

Memorial service

November 17 was named after the date on which students in Greece rose in protest against their military government in 1973.
Mrs Saunders
Heather Saunders lost her husband a year ago

It is opposed to Greece's membership of Nato and the EU and has targeted European diplomats.

Brigadier Saunders' widow, Heather Saunders, is planning to attend a memorial service for her husband at the Athens Cathedral on Friday, the first anniversary of the shooting.

The service is expected to be attended by Greek Orthodox Church leader Archbishop Christodoulos and senior government officials.

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