The Greek Supreme Court was asked in Athens on Monday (30 August) to give a final ruling on a request for the extradition of West German urban guerrilla Rolf Pohle.
GV Athens Supreme Court
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SV PAN Pohle out of police truck holding plastic bag in front of face and entering court building
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SVs Security outside court building (2 shots)
SV Pohle's lawyers entering court building
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Background: The Greek Supreme Court was asked in Athens on Monday (30 August) to give a final ruling on a request for the extradition of West German urban guerrilla Rolf Pohle. Police in Bonn, West Germany, are demanding that Pohle should serve the last two and half years of a six year prison term.
SYNOPSIS: Security around the Athens Supreme Court was tight. West German authorities are particularly anxious to have Pohle returned because he was reed last year in exchange for the release of West German politician Peter Lorenz who had been kidnapped by urban guerrillas. Pohle, holding a plastic bag in front of his face to hide from cameramen, was told by the Athens High Court ten days ago that he could stay in Greece. But the Athens Public Prosecutor has appealed against the decision.
The High Court said that Pohle, who was arrested in Athens last month, should not be returned to West Germany because the crimes for which he is wanted there have political motives. Pohle's lawyers are hoping the High Court decision will not be reversed. The Supreme Court's verdict is expected by the end of the week.