A former Quincy man has been extradited from Sweden to face fees in connection along with his alleged obstruction of an investigation right into a sequence of fires set at Jewish establishments within the Boston space, in response to the U.S. Department of Justice.
Alexander Giannakakis, 37, was indicted in Boston in 2019 for making false statements in a matter involving home terrorism; falsifying, concealing and masking up a fabric reality in a matter involving home terrorism by trick, scheme and machine; concealing information in a federal investigation; tampering with paperwork and objects; and tampering with an official continuing.
The 4 fires occurred in 2019, with two at an Arlington Chabad Center, one at a Needham Chabad Center and one at a Jewish-affiliated enterprise in Chelsea.
Giannakakis was arrested by Swedish authorities in a Stockholm suburb as soon as the indictment was returned, officers mentioned. The U.S. had deliberate to hunt Giannakakis’ extradition to face fees in Boston.
His youthful brother was the principle suspect within the investigation into the fires in February 2020, however remained in a coma till his loss of life later that yr, officers mentioned. Officials came upon Giannakakis had left the U.S. along with his youthful brother’s digital gadgets and papers and introduced them to Sweden.
After returning to the U.S. in 2020 along with his brother’s electronics, he was requested about his brother’s connection to the fires and if the household had a storage unit. Giannakakis allegedly knowledgeable investigators his dad and mom had a close-by storage facility earlier than he later admitted he maintained and managed entry to the storage unit, officers mentioned.
Giannakakis had visited the storage unit and a second storage unit on the identical facility, which contained t-shirts with the a swastika on the entrance, a black backpack containing a bottle of cyanide and a pocket book along with his brother’s identify on it with a swastika drawn inside, the evening earlier than he spoke with investigators.
Following Giannakakis’ arrest in Sweden, officers discovered he unlawfully possessed a firearm and different weapons in Sweden. He was in the end convicted of these fees and served time in a Swedish jail, officers mentioned. The Supreme Court of Sweden accepted the United States’ request for extradition, which was granted by the Government of Sweden on Dec. 21.
Giannakakis arrived at Logan Airport on Friday and is scheduled to seem in federal court docket in Boston Monday afternoon, officers mentioned.