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Early release for N17 convict

Vassilis Xeros, one of three brothers imprisoned for their involvement in the activities of the November 17 terrorist group, was released from the Kassandra Farm Prison in Halkidiki on Thursday.

Xeros was paroled after serving two-fifths of his 25-year sentence and will have to report to his local police station on a regular basis. The 39-year-old was arrested in 2002.

The N17 terrorist group was responsible for the deaths of 23 people, beginning with the killing of CIA station chief Richard Welch in December 1975. The group?s activities ended in the summer of 2002, after a bomb exploded in the hands of Savvas Xeros. A chief November 17 operative, Savvas Xeros?s confession led to the cracking of the terrorist group.

Savvas Xeros and his other brother Christodoulos are serving six and 10 life terms respectively.