Fourth man arrested for Crete synagogue fire

By Jessica Elgot, January 25, 2010
The Etz Hayyim Synagogue, Hania, Crete

The Etz Hayyim Synagogue, Hania, Crete

A fourth man has been arrested in connection with two arson attacks on a Crete synagogue.

The American man has been arrested in Hania, the Crete seaside town where the Etz Hayyim Synagogue was attacked. Police said he was an English teacher.

Two British men and a Greek Man have been in court charged in connection with the fire. Police are still searching for another American man, also though to be an English teacher.

The British men, who have not yet been named, are aged 23 and 33. They are believed to be nightclub bartenders in Hania, the town where the synagogue was attacked.

The 33-year-old Briton man is accused of being the perpetrator of the attack. He denies the charges.

The Greek man and the younger Briton are alleged to have kept watch on the synagogue while it was attacked.
Israel has filed an official complaint to Greece over the targeting of the synagogue.

The second attack, last Saturday, burnt the roof of the synagogue and destroyed office equipment and the shul’s archive of 1,600 rare books and manuscripts.

Last updated: 4:15pm, January 25 2010