A former gunman of Greece’s far-left terror group November 17 has been hospitalized after going on hunger strike.
Dimitris Koufodinas — currently serving a number of life sentences for crimes including murder — had been seeking more prison leave after a pair of two-day releases earlier this year. However, the previous prison leave had sparked anger from victims’ families.
Koufodinas, convicted in 2003, was applying under a law which allows him to ask for more leave only months after his previous outings from Korydallos prison in Athens.
The 59-year-old has now been taken to the prison’s hospital following a seven-day hunger strike.
His first parole caused heated reactions and criticism. The U.S. and U.K. embassies in Greece issued complaints. U.S. and British officials were among the victims the ultra-left group, which operated in Greece between 1975 and 2002.
On Monday this week, a group of about 15 people invaded the former ministry of commerce building in central Athens, vandalizing the premises, demanding Koufodinas gets prison leave.