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Savvas Xeros Walks Out of N17 Trial

The court trying 19 suspected members of the November 17 gang yesterday rejected Savvas Xeros’s petition for them to disregard his confessions to police and judicial officials as he was recovering last year from serious injuries caused by a bomb he was carrying. The three-judge court in Korydallos Prison rejected Xeros’s claims that he had been subjected to mood-altering drugs and “tortured” to make his confessions. The court noted that Xeros had not been given such drugs, was of clear mind during his testimony and had added fresh details to his confessions and description of the actions of others when, with a new lawyer, he had testified before the investigating judge. Xeros, a 42-year-old icon painter whose injury and confessions gave police their first lead in the fight against November 17, reacted furiously, claiming he saw “the invisible presence of secret services.” His confessions, he said, “do not correspond with the truth and I forbid you to use them. At Evangelismos (hospital) there was an orgy of illegality, modern torture was performed.” He refused to testify, claiming, “Whatever I say, you will not take it into account.” Full Story

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