On Sunday, Appeals Prosecutor Odysseas Tsorbatzoglu rejected an appeal from the November 17th terrorist Savvas Xeros for his early release from prison on the grounds of his ill health.
According to a Real News report, the Appeals Prosecutor denied the appeal because Xeros has not repented for his crimes, and if released, he “will become a leader and ideological recruiter (of other terrorists).”
Savvas Xeros received five life sentences plus 25 years in prison for involvement in five murders, explosions and robberies as a leading member of the November 17 terrorist organization. The 56 year old has requested to be released because he is almost blind, and is considered 95 percent disabled.
The November 17 terrorist group was formed in 1975. It is believed that it was disbanded in 2002, after the arrest and trial of a number of its members.
The group killed at least 23 people in 103 separate attacks on American, British, Turkish, and Greek interests. Many of the victims were not intended targets but were simply passersby who were in the wrong place at the wrong time.
The prosecutor ruled that Xeros never repented for his crimes and that his “hypocritical apologies from time to time are not convincing”.
In reply to the argument that Xeros is not a danger to society because of his blindness, the prosecutor said that apart from this condition, and a partial disability on one hand, Xeros is in good health and he could still become a mentor and a recruiter of young terrorists.
He has served 16 years so far and his appeal for release was filed in October, citing a bill aimed at prison overcrowding that allows inmates with at least a 67 percent disability to be released for health reasons.