In Greece, a member of the terrorist organization “November 17”, Iraklis Kostaris, who killed the famous journalist and politician Pavlos Bakoyannis and was sentenced to life imprisonment and 23 years in prison, was released from prison. This was reported on July 30 by the publication “Proto theme“.
Costaris was arrested in the summer of 2002 in Preveza. It is noted that at first he took a tough stance, and then refused to participate in the “November 17” organization. He also argued that he had never resorted to violence and was convinced that “any social change is possible only through social struggle.”
Prior to his release, he worked at the Central Material Depot at Koridallos Prison.
“Proto theme”Also reported that after the release of Costaris, other members of the“ November 17th ”organization, among them Dimitris Koufontinas, Savvas Ksiros, Alexandros Giotopoulos and Vasilis Tsortzatos, also applied for release.
The murdered politician and journalist Pavlos Bakoyannis was married to Dora Bakoyanni, daughter of former Prime Minister Konstantinas Mitsotakis. His son Kostas Bakoyannis is the mayor of Athens. The politician was shot dead outside his office in September 1989.
The “Revolutionary Organization of November 17” operated in Greece in 1975-2002. She organized explosions and robberies. She is also responsible for the murders of 23 American, British and Turkish diplomats and military men, Greek politicians and businessmen. 14 members of the organization were convicted. Some of them were released from prison ahead of schedule.
Earlier, in February, two explosive devices went off near the house of the Greek MP from the ruling New Democracy party Konstantinos Bogdanos, as well as in his car. Bogdanos himself was not injured, and his car was completely destroyed. The party connects this attack with the case of the terrorist Dimitris Koufontinas, who headed the terrorist organization “November 17” and was sentenced to 11 life sentences.
Earlier, on January 1, an improvised bomb explosion occurred near the building of the municipal police in the Kipseli district of Athens. It was weak, with little damage.