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Prosecutor Wants Life for Key Nov. 17 Members

A Greek prosecutor demanded multiple life sentences Wednesday for several November 17 guerrillas including the group’s leader and its top hitman for murders, bombings and robberies in a 27-year reign of terror. Christos Lambrou told a three-judge panel, which Monday found the guerrillas guilty of more than 2,500 crimes including killings of U.S., British and Turkish diplomats, that leader Alexandros Giotopoulos and his top gun Dimitris Koufodinas should spend the rest of their lives in jail. Lambrou asked the court to sentence Giotopoulos to 21 life terms and an additional 2,412 years in jail — the longest proposed prison sentence in the country’s legal history. Giotopoulos smiled while Koufodinas, who faces 14 life sentences and an accumulated prison term of 2,402 years, read a book during the proceedings. The convictions eased security concerns ahead of the Athens Olympics next August, and appeared to close the chapter on the group that staged rocket attacks, bombings, shootings and bank robberies in Athens. Full Story

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