Convicted November 17 terrorist Christodoulos Xeros on Friday was given additional time to prepare his defense on his breakout plan and alleged help to members of Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire anarchist group escape.
Xeros requested more time to read the charge sheet, which is in electronic form. He claimed that he has not been permitted access to a computer, and has been deprived of his reading glasses during his stay at Attica’s police headquarters.
The convicted terrorist was transferred to Athens from a prison on Crete in order to defend himself before special magistrate Eftychis Nikopoulos. According to a source, Xeros will not answer the magistrate’s questions but issue a political statement.
Xeros had absconded on January 6, 2014 after been granted leave to visit his family in Chalkidiki, where his sister resides. He was arrested on January 3, 2015 near Athens.
The November 17 member allegedly planned to help members of Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire escape from Korydallos Prison. The plan, codenamed “Operation Gorgopotamos”, was to blow up a prison wall to facilitate the breakout.
Xeros had previously found guilty of 33 counts related to terrorism as a member of November 17. He was given six life sentences and 25 years in prison for his involvement in six murders, various explosions, robberies and his involvement with the terrorist organization.