Greek Activists Demanding Freedom for Jailed Terrorist Ransack State Building



A group of about 15 people have invaded the former ministry of commerce building in central Athens, vandalizing the premises and demanding that convicted terrorist Dimitris Koufodinas gets prison leave.

Koufodinas — who is serving a life sentence for being the November 17 terrorist group’s main assassin, murdering 13 people — is on hunger strike after the prosecutor’s office denied him a prison furlough.

The convicted terrorist had been granted two 48-hour prison leaves within a year. The judicial decision had created a public outcry and complaints from his victims’ families and the U.S. and British embassies, since British and U.S. officials were among those murdered by November 17.

The activists threw fliers in the building demanding Koufodinas be granted leave, smashing several windows and glass cases inside the building and also destroying an ATM.

The former ministry building now houses the offices of Deputy Minister of Economy and Development, Stergios Pitsiorlas.