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The Arms Trade Treaty and Human Rights - Amnesty's Report [FR]

25 January 2012

Amnesty International

[Translated summary: While international negotiations on the adoption of an International Arms Trade Treaty are at a crucial time, Amnesty International published a report illustrating through the situation in 5 countries (Chad, Syria, Sri Lanka, Colombia, and Greece) the necessity of such an instrument to prevent deadly and irresponsible arms transfers.] A l'heure où les négociations internationales en vue de l'adoption d'un traité international sur le commerce des... (GunPolicy.org)

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Russian Accused of Gun-Running Beats Extradition and Leaves Greece

1 October 2011

RIA Novosti (Russia)

ATHENS - Vladimir Gavrilov, a Russian accused of gun-running to Colombia's FARC rebels in the 1990's has been released from custody in Greece, where he had been detained for a month on an extradition request from Peru, his lawyer Georgy Gurovanidis told RIA Novosti. Gavrilov returned to Moscow on Saturday morning after his release. Vladimir Gavrilov had spent a month in detention in Salonika, Greece, after being detained at the end of August on an international arrest... (GunPolicy.org)

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Greek Police Seize Machine Guns, Assault Weapons, Explosive Cache

5 December 2010

Bloomberg (USA)

Greek police confiscated explosives and weapons including hand grenades and sub-machine guns in overnight raids on houses in Athens. Operations by counter-terrorist police yielded four hand- grenades, 50 kilos of industrial-grade ANFO, an explosive mixture of ammonium nitrate and fuel oil, 200 grams of TNT, seven handguns, three Kalashnikov assault rifles, three sub- machine guns and ammunition, the police said by text message. Police spokesman Athanasios Kokkalakis... (GunPolicy.org)

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Greek Gun Hideouts 'Probed for Extremist Links' as Machine Guns Seized

4 December 2010

Agence France Presse

ATHENS — Nine people have been arrested in Greece after police found a large haul of guns and explosives in hideouts in the capital and sought to determine links to extremist activity, officials said on Sunday. Most of the suspects were arrested on Saturday after officers caught two armed men outside a garage in the Athens suburb of Nea Smyrni and subsequently found the arms and explosives cache inside, the police said. As anti-terrorist police fanned out across the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Bulgarians in Greece Accused of Trafficking Assault Weapons, Drugs

23 June 2009

Sofia Echo

The four Bulgarian citizens apprehended by the Greek coastguard on June 22 were charged with weapons and drug trafficking, the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry has said. The Bulgarians were caught ferrying four sidearms equipped with suppressors, an AK47 assault rifle, 1.4kg of TNT and 5.4kg ammonium nitrate, which is used to make improvised explosive devices. The Bulgarians also had in their possession an undisclosed amount of cocaine. According to several different Greek... (GunPolicy.org)

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Student Armed with 2 Handguns Shoots 3 in Greek College, Kills Himself

10 April 2009

Associated Press

ATHENS, Greece — A teenage gunman who wounded three people at a college in Greece and killed himself had warned of the attack hours earlier on an Internet posting that included photographs of him posing with weapons, police said. The 19-year-old man, armed with two handguns and a knife, opened fire at the vocational training college in western Athens and then shot himself in the head, authorities said. He died in hospital several hours later. One student was shot... (GunPolicy.org)

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Surge in Untraceable Pistols, Assault Weapons Worries Greek Police

21 February 2009

Kathimerini (Greece)

The alarming frequency with which guns have been used in both criminal and terrorist activity in Greece over the last few months is the result of the work of a complex network of smugglers, which has made the police's work considerably more difficult as the same firearms are rarely used more than once. Sources in the police forensics department told Kathimerini that it has become easy for criminals to get hold of a "clean" weapon — in other words, one that has not... (GunPolicy.org)

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Family Party of Five Greek Hunters Shot Dead in Sniper Killing

26 November 2006

BBC News

Police have begun a murder inquiry after five members of one family were shot dead on a hunting trip in Greece. The bodies of the five young men — two brothers and three cousins — were found in woodland in the Kalyvia region about 280km (175 miles) north-west of Athens. One victim had tried to raise the alarm by phoning his father but the call was cut off, police said. The father began searching and found the bodies. Police said the men, aged 17 to 33, had... (GunPolicy.org)

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Albania Arrests Smugglers Running Guns Through Greece to Turkish Rebels

14 October 2006


The seven arms smugglers arrested in Albania a few days ago had been smuggling weapons to Turkish rebels group — the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), local media reported on Friday. The Albanian Public Prosecution Office in Tirana found that the six Albanians and one Greek had smuggled arms from Albania into Greece, whose destination was the Kurdish populated areas in Turkey. The six Albanians admitted that they had bought Kalashnikov automatic rifles for about 200... (GunPolicy.org)

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Seven Gun Runners Arrested from Albanian-Greek Arms Trafficking Network

12 October 2006

BBC Worldwide Monitoring / Shekulli, Transcript

The police have broke up an arms trafficking network with Greece. Seven people, including the Greek person who placed the order [for the weapons] ended up in handcuffs. The operation, codenamed "Olive Fruit", was carried out in the early hours of the morning, when the police stopped a car with foreign licence plates transporting arms in the direction of Salonika. Following the arrest of the seven people, Deputy Interior Minister Gjergj Lezhja told a news conference... (GunPolicy.org)

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Government Aims New Law at 1.5m Illegal Weapons

18 August 2005

Kathimerini (Athens)

With more than a million-and-a-half illegal guns in the country, the Public Order Ministry is working on a draft bill that will update local gun laws and help flush unlawful weapons out of the system, government sources said. Of the 1.5 million weapons that have not been declared, authorities estimate that about 800,000 are hunting rifles. Most of these guns, some 600,000, are said to be on the island of Crete. There are additionally about one million legal hunting... (GunPolicy.org)

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Gun-happy Cretans Soon to Face Restrictions

25 November 2004

Kathimerini (Greece)

Greece's top living composer, a leading light of the pro-democracy movement against the 1967-74 military dictatorship, has agreed to the ultimate challenge — to persuade his fellow Cretans to abandon their rampant gun culture. Public Order Minister Giorgos Voulgarakis — a Cretan himself — announced yesterday that Mikis Theodorakis, 79, has accepted his invitation to lead an anti-gun campaign on the notoriously trigger-happy island. Voulgarakis made the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Countries Can Bring Their Own Unarmed Guards to Olympics

16 September 2003

Associated Press

ATHENS, Greece — Overseas security forces will be unarmed when they escort athletes at next year's Olympics. The government last week cleared the way for national teams to bring their own protection, but Public Order Minister Giorgos Floridis said Monday firearms would be banned. "Every delegation can have as many escorts as they like, but under no circumstances can they carry weapons," Floridis told private Flash radio. "Under no circumstances can they become... (GunPolicy.org)

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Gun-Happy Cypriots Force Count of Rifles

3 September 2003

Kathimerini (Greece)

The Cypriot Defense Ministry said yesterday it had decided to take stock of weapons issued to army reservists, following reports that Turkish-Cypriot officials have confiscated several assault rifles found in the cars of Cypriots visiting the Turkish-occupied north. Defense Minister Koulis Mavronikolas confirmed that an investigation was under way, and called on reservists who may have had their standard National Guard G-3 rifles seized in the north but were ashamed to... (GunPolicy.org)

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Greek Defence Chiefs Study Security Overhaul After Arms Theft

8 August 2002

Associated Press

ATHENS, Greece — Greece's defense minister promised a nationwide review of military security Thursday following the theft of army weapons that raised fears of links to terrorism. At least two anonymous callers in recent days have claimed the embattled November 17 group either stole the weapons or has them. Officials have cast doubts on the claims and whether the group was capable of carrying out such a heist after an unprecedented police crackdown since late... (GunPolicy.org)

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2.5 Billion Drachmas Annual Turnover from Arms Trafficking

22 December 2001

Athens Imerisia

Policemen indicate that arms trafficking is an exceedingly profitable activity, which over recent years has been booming because of great demand. The turnover of weapons smugglers, whether for hunting weapons or pistols for private use, amounts to a good number of billions of drachmas, the majority of the profits going to Crete, per the Greek Police EL.AS. EL.AS. staff officers estimate that gun trafficking has amounted to at least 50,000 guns annually over the past... (GunPolicy.org)

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Some 400,000 Illegal Weapons in Circulation in Greece

19 April 2001

Athens To Vima

On the anniversary of the Resurrection of Christ 35-year-old drug addict Apostolos Yiannoulis opened fire with a semi-automatic weapon on a crowd attending the service outside the Church of Karitsa in Pieria, killing a 10-year-old schoolchild and a 47-year-old merchant. At Thessaloniki's Peraia unidentified assailants shot a 32-year-old shopping at a kiosk on Easter Sunday. A 15-year-old was hurt in a similar incident in Thessaloniki's Ionia, shot by unidentified... (GunPolicy.org)

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Greek Police Seize Hoard of Smuggled US Arms

20 January 1999


ATHENS — Greek authorities have confiscated a hoard of illegal arms smuggled from the United States with a value of about $540,000, the Finance Ministry said on Wednesday. Two Greek-Americans and one Greek-Canadian were arrested in the operation, which was conducted by the ministry's special economic crime force. The stockpile included hundreds of Smith & Wesson, Ruger and Jennings pistols, as well as bullets, in the back of a freezer lorry. "The illegal arms came... (GunPolicy.org)

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Arms Cache Seized in Greece, American Woman Arrested

5 January 1998

Associated Press

SALONICA, Greece — Police seized an arsenal of rifles, grenades and dynamite while searching a pig sty on an American-born woman's farm in northern Greece. Ballistic experts planned to examine the weapons, believed to have been smuggled from Albania, for connections to killings or robberies in Greece, authorities said Sunday. Police said Ms. Donna Wilkins-Kaltsas, 41, was sleeping with a machine gun at her side when officers burst into her farm house in Dion, about... (GunPolicy.org)

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