The U.S. Department on State on Tuesday “strongly” condemned a new 48-hour furlough granted to convicted Greek terrorist Dimitris Koufodinas.
“These furloughs are a shameful injustice to his many victims’ families and serve as further incentive for his anarchist followers to commit further violence and destructive acts in his name,” State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert told reporters.
The U.S. embassy in Athens has relayed its concerns to Greek officials, Nauert said.
.@statedeptspox: U.S. strongly condemns the release of convicted terrorist Dimitris Koufodinas who was set loose for a fourth time on a 5-day furlough in #Greece. pic.twitter.com/4tYTzqZ2sH
— Department of State (@StateDept) August 28, 2018
Similar concerns were expressed in early August when the convict — who serves 11 life sentences plus 25 years for murdering 11 people as part of the November 17 terrorist organization — was transferred to a minimum security rural prison in Volos, central Greece.
November 17 was dismantled in 2002, after 27 years of operation. Since 1975, the group were responsible for 103 terrorist attacks and 23 murders. Among their vistims were U.S. Defense Attache William Nordeen and other U.S., British, Turkish and Greek officials.
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