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UK's Role in Boosting Greek Counterterrorism Capabilities

NCJ Number
Jane's Intelligence Review Volume: 14 Issue: 9 Dated: September 2002 Pages: 11-13
Constantine Buhayer
Christopher C. Aaron
Date Published
September 2002
3 pages
This article discusses the Greek Government’s acceptance of assistance from the United Kingdom specialized police force in restructuring its counter-terrorism operations against the terrorist group Revolutionary Organization 17 November (17N).
As a result of the murder of a British defense attache' in Athens in 2000, the United Kingdom’s Metropolitan Police Service’s Specialist Operations Department has been training the Greek Hellenic National Police (HNP) in investigating and detaining members of the terrorist group Revolutionary Organization 17 November (17N). Prior to the United Kingdom’s involvement, Athens had done the minimum to appease international concerns following 17N attacks. The Greek Government invited U.K. investigators, who soon established a permanent base to investigate the murder. In a first step move, a counter-terrorism seminar was held where U.K police officers suggested instigating surveillance techniques and engaging the media against terrorism. Athens agreed to reorganize their security forces and form a single anti-terrorist body following the U.K. example, after which joint anti-terrorism exercises were held. U.K. officers offered assistance in the latest investigative and forensic techniques to support the investigation conducted by the HNP. Through its acceptance of assistance from the United Kingdom, Athens is working towards accepting and terminating its terrorism problem.