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Nov. 17 Ringleader Koufodinas Sent Back to High-Security Prison

ATHENS – There won't be any get-out-of-jail holiday vacations for terrorist killer Dimitris Koufodinas this year – who was moved to a maximum security prison from the farm where he was sent under the Radical Left SYRIZA government.

One of the masterminds of the notorious Nov. 17 group that was disbanded ahead of the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Koufodinas – a darling to his idolators among the leftists – had enjoyed a half dozen furloughs while they were in power.

That ended when the New Democracy Conservatives easily won July 7, 2019 snap elections after promising to end easy furloughs, although it took 17 months before Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis' government moved him.

Koufodinas was convicted of 11 of the 23 murders committed by Nov. 17, five of them Americans attached to the US Embassy over the years, for which he not only showed not remorse but pointed out spots where people were killed while he went on a walking tour during one furlough in Athens. 

His request for a seventh vacation from jail in December, 2019 was turned down by a disciplinary council in Cassaveteia Prison, in central Greece, the state-run Athens-Macedonia News Agency said then.

He was transferred there from the high-security Korydallos prison in Athens and given six furloughs over the furious objections of critics, including British officials with Britons among the murdered.

In June, 2019 he went on a futile hunger strike when his last attempt for a furlough was turned down and the next month New Democracy, vowing to get tough on crime, routing SYRIZA.

His transfer to the Domokos correctional facility comes after recently passed legislation precludes convicted terrorists from being held in prison farms, which are considered less harsh, the business newspaper Naftemporiki said.

The new law, however, was criticized by a handful of SYRIZA deputies, who said it was tailor-made for Koufodinas in order to return him to a maximum security prison after they made it easy for him to get to a low-security center.

He had been transferred there in 2018 from the high-security Korydallos prison in Athens that's holding a range of anarchists, terrorists and killers that some hardcore elements in SYRIZA wanted released.

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