Justice minister pledges to allow jailed Romanos to attend college


Newly appointed Justice Minister Nikos Paraskevopoulos has pledged to submit a legislative amendment paving the way for jailed convicted bank robber Nikos Romanos to attend university while wearing a tracking bracelet.

“We will try to include an amendment in the first bill that goes to Parliament,” Paraskevopoulos told Mega TV on Saturday.

Following a hunger strike by Romanos and protests by anarchist sympathizers, Parliament last year passed legislation allowing him to attend lectures. However, the law has yet to be put into effect as the approval of a magistrate is needed when the individual faces other charges – in this case, membership of a terrorist group.

Romanos is accused of being a member of the urban guerrilla group Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire.

Paraskevopoulos said that the amendment would “hopefully [be submitted] by the end of October.”