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Athens Felonies Court Reduces Sentence of Anarchist Nikos Romanos

The five-Member Felonies Appeal Court in Athens decided on Monday afternoon to reduce the sentence of convicted Greek anarchist Nikos Romanos from 18 to 14 years.
Romanos, a close friend of the late Alexandros Grigoropoulos, the fifteen-year old teenager who was unjustifiably murdered by a Greek police officer in 2008 in central Athens, has been jailed since 2013.
Romanos was convicted of possessing explosive devices, as well as participation in a bank robbery, in the town of Venvento, Kozani in 2013.
The decision to reduce his sentence to thirteen years could actually mean that after six years already spent in prison, provided that he has a proven record of good behavior, Romanos could be released any time now.
The decision to reduce the young anarchist’s sentence was taken in consideration of his good behavior in prison, as Romanos has managed to graduate from high school, and then attend University classes, while imprisoned.
Romanos’ case became widely known in 2014, when he applied for an educational furlough in order to attend his classes at the University and his application was denied.
The young prisoner then went on a 31-day hunger strike, and was close to death before his demands for an education were met.

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