Relatives of terror victims protest prison bill

Relatives of victims of domestic terrorist attacks in Greece on Thursday expressed opposition to a bill that would allow convicted November 17 member Savvas Xeros, among others, to be released from prison, distributing leaflets to MPs ahead of a debate in Parliament’s plenary session on the proposed reform.

The controversial clause is part of a broader bill aimed at decongesting Greek jails which also calls for the closure of C-type maximum-security prisons.

“We ask you not to allow democracy to give in to terrorism,” the leaflet says.

Opposition MPs have accused the government of pandering to terrorists as the clause allowing the release of very sick inmates would benefit Xeros, 53, who has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, and one other convict serving a long sentence who has advanced-stage cancer.