November 17 Killer Given More Prison Leave



Koufodinas leaving the Korydallos prison in November

A Greek judge decided on Thursday to give jailed N17 hitman Dimitris Koufodinas a 48-hour prison leave, the third in the space of a few months.

Koufodinas — currently serving a number of life sentences for crimes including murder – had been on hunger strike demanding prison leave.

He is currently at the Korydallos prison hospital and it is expected that he will stop the hunger strike.

Earlier on Thursday, a banner in support of  Koufodinas was unfurled by activists on the famous Acropolis Hill of Athens.

There has been a wave of actions in Athens in recent weeks by far-left groups in support of the jailed gunman’s quest for more prison leave.

On Tuesday a group of assailants vandalized the premises of the Hellenic American Union (HAU) in the Kolonaki district of central Athens.

A number of arrests were later made, amid criticism of the authorities for their seeming inability to prevent the activists from storming offices and workplaces as well as carrying out vandalism attacks at will.