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Greek Judges, Prosecutors Told: Stop Backing Terrorist Koufodinas

ATHENS – Greece’s Supreme Court told the Union of Judges and Prosecutors to stop taking sides with terrorist killer Dimitris Koufodinas who’s on a hunger strike demanding transfer from a high-security prison in Domokos to Athens.

The judges and prosecutors, who are supposed to remain impartial and prevent being in a conflict of interest, had issued a statement calling on the New Democracy government essentially to give in to Koufodinas.

He has gone two months without food and stopped taking liquids in a hospital in the central city of Larissa before being given intravenous fluids when he suffered kidney failure.

His legions of adoring fans have taken to the streets by the thousands to back him, ignoring critics who pointed out he murdered 11 people and was the chief killer for the Nov. 17 terrorist group which slew 23, including five Americans attached to the US Embassy.

The High Court’s statement, said Kathimerini, was a condemnation of officers of the court stepping into the fray, the judges and prosecutors putting themselves in a position where they couldn’t have a part in the case and influencing public opinion.

“Justice is expressed exclusively through its decisions,” said the statement issued by Court President Angeliki Aleiferopoulou and Prosecutor Vasilis Pliotas, referring to the call by the union’s presidency, which was also denounced by many other judges.

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