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Greek, US officials discuss prison bill

A day after Washington placed two convicted Greek guerrillas on a terrorism blacklist, State Minister Nikos Pappas met with US Ambassador to Greece David Pearce for talks that are said to have focused on a new Greek law whose provisions allow the transfer from prison to house arrest of a convicted terrorist.

According to government sources, both Pappas and Pearce “underlined their commitment to the multifaceted Greek-American cooperation.” Sources said Pearce stressed Washington’s concerns about the new legal provision, which allows seriously disabled prisoners to serve their sentence under house arrest, wearing a security bracelet. It would lead to the release of November 17 convict Savvas Xeros, who has multiple sclerosis.

Pearce’s visit to the Maximos Mansion came after the State Department put Xeros’s brother Christodoulos, another N17 convict, and Revolutionary Struggle leader Nikos Maziotis (photo) on a terrorism blacklist.