Lengthy jail term for head of Revolutionary Struggle


Nikos Maziotis, the leader of urban guerrilla group Revolutionary Struggle, was sentenced to life imprisonment plus 129 years by a five-member felony appeals court in Athens Thursday.

The left-wing militant was sentenced for crimes committed while on the run – along with his wife Paula Roupa – after violating his conditional release from pre-trial detention in 2012 and disappearing. He was arrested in July 2014 after a dramatic shootout with police in central Athens which left four people wounded, including himself.

Two more group members – Antonis Stamboulos and Giorgos Petrakakos – received prison terms of 13 and 34 years respectively.

Both Maziotis and Roupa had been sentenced in absentia to 25 years in 2013 for their role in the terror group, targeting mainly political party offices.