Outcry as November 17 Killer Gets Transfer to Prison Farm



Dimitris Koufodinas walking out of the Korydallos jail in June on a 48-hour prison leave, the third since last November

The decision by the Greek prison authorities to transfer November 17 hitman Dimitris Koufodinas to a prison farm near Volos in central Greece has led to widespread condemnation by opposition politicians.

Koufodinas -— currently serving a number of life sentences for crimes including murder – was moved unexpectedly on Friday from the Korydallos prison in Athens to the Volos prison farm which in Greece is called agricultural prison.

It is a correctional facility where penal labor convicts are put to economic use in a farm usually for manual labor, largely in open air, such as in agriculture and logging. There are four such facilities operating in Greece.

The work can contribute to the reduction of convicts’ sentences, meaning that Koufodinas’s term could be reduced.

Leader of the main opposition Kyriakos Mitsotakis hit out at the government over the decision, noting that it chose to “serve serial killers” at a time that it should be showing solidarity to the victims of last week’s fatal wildfires.

The November 17 terrorist group was formed in 1975, and it is believed that it was disbanded in 2002, after the arrest and trial of a number of its members.

The group assassinated at least 23 people in 103 attacks; all of which were U.S., British, Turkish and Greek targets, and many more who were not targets but who just happened to be at the wrong place, at the wrong time.