ATHENS – Breaking silence, the US Embassy blasted the release from prison for a third time for November 17 terrorist mastermind Dimitris Koufodinas for a two-day vacation, which the ruling Radical Left SYRIZA said it would stop but has continued to allow.
“We thoroughly condemn this third furlough granted to a convicted terrorist and murderer,” the Embassy said in a tweet, without attributing it to Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt who has been careful not to rile the government and continued to say multiple times that Greece is a pillar of stability in the region, even under SYRIZA, which has terrorist and anarchist sympathizers in its ranks.
“It’s a shameful injustice to his many victims’ families and a further incentive for his anarchist followers to commit violent and destructive acts in his name,” the statement added. November 17 killed 23 people, including five Americans attached to the Embassy but the US, apart from tweets and statements, had not taken stronger action against Greece.
Koufodinas left Korydallos prison on June 19, after a brief hospitalization at Nikaia public hospital where he was being treated for a hunger strike, a tactic which worked as he said he wouldn’t eat unless he could have regular vacations from jail so he could restart a beekeeping business and see his family, which the families of his victims said they can’t do but were ignored.
His cause was backed by anarchist groups who went on a rampage until his release was secured with no word why it wasn’t barred by a prosecutor who has the power to do so. He said he wants that removed.
He is serving 11 life terms for his role in the terrorist group that was dismantled by Greek authorities in 2002 in the run-up to the 2004 Olympic Games with critics saying it was done to insure there was no trouble at the event and satisfy international critics who said the terrorists were being allowed to run free.