The trial of a group of six anarchists charged with international terrorism begins on Wednesday at the High Court in Belgrade.
The suspects were arrested on August 31, 2009, for throwing two Molotov cocktails at the Greek embassy building in Belgrade on August 24, and have remained in custody since then. No one was injured in the attack, and material damage was estimated at 18 euros.
Immediately after the incident, a previously unknown anarchist group, Crni Ilija, claimed responsibility for the firebombing. In a statement issued to the press, the group said it was demanding the release of fellow anarchist Thodoros Iliopoulos, who was arrested during a riot in Greece in December 2008.
The six arrested were indicted for an act of international terrorism on November 2, a crime which carries a sentence of between three and fifteen years’ imprisonment.
The serious nature of the indictments and the fact that the defendants have been in custody for several months have led to the formation of a group which monitors the case. Numerous intellectuals have called for the indictment to be abolished and the suspects to be freed.
According to those who support the release of the anarchists, the case is political and is ideologically motivated against the left wing in Serbia, particularly when compared to an attack on the US embassy two years ago in which one person died. The US embassy attack, which came after Kosovo unilaterally declared its independence in 2008, has resulted in one person being tried for causing serious danger.
The group monitoring the case previously organised a round table and a petition which calls for the rejection of the indictment and has also invited all interested to attend the public trial.
“After six months of unfair inprisonment of the Belgrade anarchists, the Serbian judiciary has finally scheduled the start of a ‘trial’ based on the ridiculous indictment on charges of international terrorism for Wednesday, February 17. See you in court in order to support friends and watch Mrs. Justice,” the invitation from the group’s Facebook page says.