ATHENS – Convicted terrorist Panagiota Roupa, who teamed with her husband to attack a number of targets in Greece as part of the group Revolutionary Struggle, on July 12 was sentenced to life an an additional 25 years for a car bomb attack outside the Bank of Greece headquarters in central Athens in April 2014.
Roupa, 49, was arrested in January 2017 after three years on the run. Her partner Nikos Maziotis, the group’s self-professed leader, has appealed his conviction for the same blast after getting a life sentence in 2016.
The saga of the pair at one point had captivated Greece as they were fugitives after he walked away from a furlough, a vacation from jail, and she too violated terms of a condition release to escape justice.
Maziotis was arrested in the summer of 2014 during a wild shootout in the popular tourist area of Monastiraki and she had taunted police while in hiding before being found in an apartment with their son in January, 2017.
In 2014, provoking police after her husband was caught, she wrote a letter to an anarchist and terrorist sympathizer website saying Greek authorities used his arrest “as a tool to stabilize a teetering government and to support a political and financial system built on shaky foundations.”
She challenged police at the time to find her. “Let them come and get me,” she said in tones as defiant as her husband’s, who refused to talk to a prosecutor or magistrate other than to spout revolutionary propaganda.
Roupa mocked claims that police had been monitoring Maziotis before his arrest. “We were passing right in front of them. We saw them and they didn’t see us,” said Roupa who has a million-euro bounty on her head.
Revolutionary Struggle remains “a serious political threat to the status quo” and will continue its armed struggle, she said then. The group opposes Greece’s participation with international lenders who demanded harsh austerity measures in return for bailouts.