More N17 suspects to stop eating

Backing November 17 terrorism suspect Angeliki Sotiropoulou’s hunger strike for better detention conditions, another five N17 suspects – including her new husband – are to refuse their prison food as of today. Sotiropoulou, 40, a beekeeper accused of involvement in the June 2000 Athens assassination of British military attache Stephen Saunders and other N17 hits, launched her strike last Wednesday, hours after wedding her long-term partner, Dimitris Koufodinas, in prison. She is reportedly subsisting on water with lemon juice, although guards still deliver food to her cell. Yesterday, it was announced that Koufodinas, suspected N17 mastermind Alexandros Yotopoulos, Yiannis Serifis, Theologos Psaradellis and Vassilis Tzortzatos will join the strike. All N17 suspects are being held in isolation. Yesterday, three N17 suspects tabled a request for the removal of the appeals court prosecutor heading the N17 investigation, Kyriakos Karoutsos. Relatives of N17 victims and surviving targets will hold an anti-terrorism protest in front of Parliament at 7 p.m. tonight.

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