The US State Department has condemned “in the strongest terms” the transfer of November 17 hitman Dimitris Koufodinas to a prison farm near Volos in central Greece on Friday.
Spokesperson Heather Nauert said in a message in Twitter “We condemn in the strongest terms furloughs or any easing of his prison stay.”
Koufodinas has “murdered 11 including U.S. personnel & is inspiring the next generation of terrorists,” Nauert adds.
We understand convicted Greek terrorist Dimitris Koufontinas was moved to a farm prison w/ lighter restrictions. He murdered 11 including U.S. personnel & is inspiring the next generation of terrorists. We condemn in the strongest terms furloughs or any easing of his prison stay.
— Heather Nauert (@statedeptspox) August 3, 2018
Koufodinas -— currently serving a number of life sentences for crimes including murder – was moved unexpectedly on Friday from the Korydallos prison in Athens to the Volos prison farm which in Greece is called agricultural prison.
It is a correctional facility where penal labor convicts are put to economic use in a farm usually for manual labor, largely in open air, such as in agriculture and logging. There are four such facilities operating in Greece.
The work can contribute to the reduction of convicts’ sentences, meaning that Koufodinas’s term could be reduced.
The November 17 terrorist group was formed in 1975, and it is believed that it was disbanded in 2002, after the arrest and trial of a number of its members.
The group assassinated at least 23 people in 103 attacks; all of which were U.S., British, Turkish and Greek targets, and many more who were not targets but who just happened to be at the wrong place, at the wrong time.