Α Volos-area prosecutor on Wednesday recommended against an appeal by a convicted terrorist to receive a prison furlough.
A previous application for a furlough by “November 17” arch-assassin Dimitris Koufodinas was rejected by a judicial council in the central Greece city, which has jurisdiction over the prison farm where he is serving 11 life sentences for murder.
A high court prosecutor intervened in the process last month and appealed the council’s ruling to the Supreme Court, where a majority of justices assigned the case opined that even inmates serving multiple life sentences in Greece have a right to furloughs.
Another judicial council, which a new composition, will issue a final ruling on June 21, taking into consideration the prosecutor’s recommendation.
According to reports, one reasoning behind the prosecutor’s opinion is the fact that Koufodinas faces a new felony charge of simple complicity in a 2018 prison incident. At the time, the convicted terrorist signed a letter of solidarity, along with another 19 inmates, against the transfer of another inmate.
A last-minute series of modifications to Greece’s penal code – passed by the outgoing hard left Tsipras government in the last days before an early election was officially declared for July 7 – downgrades the specific charge from a felony to a misdemeanor.
In the past furloughs for convicted terrorists have raised the wrath of foreign diplomatic missions that have counted victims from the activities of “November 17”, including the USA, the UK, and Turkey.