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Greek anarchist held over British diplomat's guard murder

ATHENS (Reuters) - A self-styled anarchist who turned himself into Greek police claiming responsibility for the murder of a British diplomat’s bodyguard in 2004 will be detained pending a trial, a court official said Tuesday.

Nikos Kountardas, who turned himself in Friday, has previously served a sentence for hooliganism and is separately facing trial for taking part in the beating of a former trade union chief, the official said.

“Kountardas will be on pre-trial detention of up to 18 months on charges of being an accomplice in the special guard’s murder,” a court official who declined to be named said.

Police officer Haralambos Amanatidis was shot dead in December 2004, while he was on guard duty outside the house of the British defence attache in a northern Athens suburb.

No one had taken responsibility for the crime so far.

Kountardas turned himself in two days after leftist guerrilla group Rebel Sect shot dead a Greek anti-terrorism policeman in the Greek capital.

Reporting by Angeliki Koutantou; Editing by Matthew Jones