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Greek Terror Defendants Don't Look the Part

“You’re the beekeeper?” a judge asked Dimitris Koufodinas, trying to distinguish him from the other defendants in a maximum-security courtroom here. Mr. Koufodinas, 45, nodded. Until last summer, he had been living in this city’s suburbs, tending hives on a grant from the European Union. Then the police began looking for him, and he hid for weeks in a tent at a nudist beach before turning himself in. “You are the maker of musical instruments?” the judge said to Christodoulos Xeros. That was what Mr. Xeros, 42, did when he was not, according to the charges against him, taking part in the assassinations of prominent Greek businessmen and American Embassy officials. Both men are accused of belonging to the November 17 terror group, which has been linked to the killings of 23 people, including four Americans, and was once thought to be chillingly invincible. For 27 years, the band of leftist militants escaped prosecution. Full Story

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