The US State Department has removed November 17 from Washington’s list of terrorist organizations. The State Department revealed that Secretary of State John Kerry decided on August 24 that the terrorist group, which murdered 23 people between 1975 and 2002, should no longer be included among international terrorist organizations.
“Based upon a review of the Administrative Record assembled in this matter, and in consultation with the Attorney General and the Secretary of the Treasury, I conclude that the circumstances that were the basis for the designation of the Revolutionary Organization 17 November as foreign terrorist organization have changed in such a manner as to warrant revocation of the designation.” said Kerry in a note published in the Federal Register, the US government’s gazette.
The news comes a few days ahead of an expected decision in Greece on whether the man convicted of being November 17’s mastermind, Alexandros Giotopoulos, should be transferred to Korydallos Prison in Athens.
Yiotopoulos is currently being held in Domokos Prison in central Greece but started a hunger strike on August 15 and is demanding to be transferred to Korydallos.