The son of one of the victims of the terror group November 17 said one of its top assassins, Dimitris Koufodinas, should stop a hunger strike that has put his life in danger, the killer demanding a transfer to an Athens jail.
Koufodinas is serving life sentences for killing 11 people among the 23, including five Americans attached to the US Embassy over the years before the group was broken up ahead of the 2004 Olympics in Athens.
His supporters are marching by the thousands to support his insistence he be given the same kind of preferential treatment he got when the former ruling Radical Left SYRIZA government moved him to a low-security farm and allowed half a dozen vacations from jail.
Giorgos Momferatos, the son of publisher Nikos Momferatos, who was killed by Koufodinas on Feb. 21, 1985, penned an open letter along with other members of victims' families calling on him to end the strike.
“We asked Mr. Koufodinas in our announcement to cease his hunger strike and pursue any claims he feels he might have over purported violations of his rights through the judicial channels,” he also said.
“We ask the same of his supporters, who do not seem to want him to stop. They appear to have something else in mind,” Momferatos added in comments to Mega TV.
That came as Koufodinas, hospitalized in Larissa, said that he wants to return to Korydallos Prison in Athens instead of being returned to a high-security prison in Domokos in central Greece.
“We regret that terrorism has become a subject of political confrontation once more, because this is what it’s all about,” Momferatos said, adding that he believes the controversy over the legal merit of Koufodinas’ transfer request is merely a “pretext.”