A Greek judicial council on Friday issued a third rejection of an application by convicted November 17 terrorist Dimitris Koufodinas for a seventh furlough.
The judges on the Volos-based council unanimously adopted the proposal of a prosecutor who had proposed that Koufodinas' appeal be rejected on the grounds that he has shown no remorse for his terrorist activities.
Four jailed members of the now-defunct Greek terrorist group November 17, including leader Alexandros Giotopoulos, will be able to apply as of Tuesday for conditional release on the basis of a new penal code that came into effect Monday, and the group's hitman Dimitris Koufodinas will be able to do the same in September.
Roughly a month ago, just after a bunch of self-styled anarchists ran amok on Voukourestiou Street in downtown Athens, a "leading" yet nameless member of the anti-establishment Rouvikonas (Greek for Rubicon) group heralded the siege of downtown Athens by supporters of November 17 hitman Dimitris Koufodinas.
A total of 20 prison inmates, including November 17 hitman Dimitris Koufodinas, are to face charges of insurgence in connection with a protest in solidarity with a hunger-striking anarchist in February 2018, and could see their right to furlough or early release suspended under new legal provisions, Kathimerini understands.
A leading member of the anarchist group Rouvikonas who was arrested in connection with the vandalism of the Parliament building on May 21 was released on Thursday after paying 30,000 euros in bail.
The man has been released pending trial on criminal charges of defacing a historical monument and has been banned from leaving the country.
The phone rang at the Avlona juvenile detention facility, north of Athens, on Friday, July 24, 2015, with the announcement from a high-ranking Justice Ministry official that Koufodinas was going to be transferred there. "Koufodinas who?" inquired the perturbed clerk. "The one you're thinking about. He'll have all the proper paperwork," came the answer.