Karunakis pleaded guilty under the Terrorism Act after being arrested by police on the Capitol’s North Bridge in June last year.
In a ___ Police At the briefing, Stuart Houston, head of the Organized Crime and Counterterrorism Unit, explained: “It doesn’t have to end there.
“It simply came to our notice then that no one was convicted of terrorism.
“And the fact that family and friends see people, how they react and how they communicate, especially online, leads them to engage in radical behavior. can go.”
Several online identities of Karvounakis have been found, including Archegonos and Misanthropos Cacogen, who write and engage in material that promotes anti-technological and anti-cultural rhetoric.
He claimed to be a member of the ITS – a “Mexican, international, terrorist mafia group”.
Mr Houston continued: “What we saw in the lead up to our January 18 attack was that there was a significant number of ITS-claimed incidents throughout Europe, but significantly in Greece.
“We have a lot of incidents in the United States as well as in Central America and South America.”
However, they do not “feature” in the UK, and the attempted bombing of Edinburgh is the only ITS-linked incident on British soil.
On January 11, 2018, Caronackis planted a homemade bomb in a cardboard box at a Princes Street Gardens shelter with the words “F — you all” written on it.
The bomb was full of nails, and if it had exploded it would have caused a lot of damage and loss of life.
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The two-year investigation into the Greek citizen Karunnakis involved Europol and Greek police, who offered a key tip in late 2020 that they believed an ITS follower was living in the capital.
When police began searching Karunakis, they found that his wife – who was initially arrested, had not been charged in connection with the incident – was one of 33 people killed. Bought a cardboard box that was used to hold homemade bombs.
Neither Karwonakis nor his wife knew the UK police at the time. They never returned to Greece because they arrived in the UK in 2013. They both worked in Edinburgh, Karwonakis at a library on George IV Bridge. I used to work as a cleaner.
It was added that neither of them had any influence on social media, which is unusual, and they were both living an unusual lifestyle, so the police started looking into his financial situation.
Mr Houston explained: “What we found was that between the two of them, maybe nine months after the January attack … they had nine Bought five. “
Karunakis’ wife was not charged in connection with the incident because there was no evidence that she was aware of her husband’s plans, o
r even that she had made any purchases herself, and that she Details not used.
Another important piece of evidence was provided after Karunakis’ email. Edinburgh Evening News.Using the name Misanthropos Cacogen, is claiming responsibility for the incident.
Evening News contacted the police to send an e-mail to the investigating officer, and was soon visited by the Counter-Terrorism Unit, which found the e-mail to be genuine.
The writing in the e-mail was compared to a manifesto using linguistic forensics, written through another online identity of Karunakis. It was a match.