A special tribunal on Monday convicted the leader, chief gunman and 13 other members of the cell known as November 17 for killings and attacks spanning a generation, capping the prosecution of a terrorist group that for decades taunted authorities. The verdicts, delivered after a nine-month trial in a bunker-like prison courtroom, were cited by the government as evidence of Greece’s commitment to fighting terrorism ahead of next year’s Olympic Games. The rulings ended one of the last major prosecutions of European militants who were inspired by Marxism and social revolution in the 1970s. “Greek justice spoke today,” said Athens Mayor Dora Bakoyianni, whose husband Pavlos, a spokesman for the New Democracy party, was killed by the group in 1989. He was among 23 people killed by November 17, starting with the ambush of CIA station chief Richard Welch as he was returning home from a Christmas party in 1975. Full Story
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