N17 Killer Hospitalized in Greek Prison after Hunger Strike

    Koufontinas leaving the Korydallos prison in November (file photo),

    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.