Second N17 Killer Transferred from High-Security Athens Jail

Christodoulos Xiros (file photo)

A controversial decision by the Greek prison authorities to transfer November 17 hitman Dimitris Koufodinas to a prison farm has been followed by the transfer of another convicted N17 member, Christodoulos Xiros.

Xiros, 59, — convicted of six murders connected to the far-left group — was moved from Korydallos Prison in Athens to a facility on the island of Evia. Xiros previously absconded from prison leave in 2014 and was at large for a year before being re-arrested.

It follows Friday’s transfer of Koufodinas — currently serving a number of life sentences for crimes including murder — to the Volos prison farm. Leader of the main opposition party, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, hit out at the government over the decision, claiming it chose to “serve serial killers” at a time that it should be showing solidarity to the victims of last month’s deadly fires in East Attica.

The N17 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 just happened to be at the wrong place, at the wrong time.