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Widow of Saunders bashes N17

The widow of the British military attache murdered in Athens six years ago said yesterday that the members of the November 17 terrorist group who killed him were cowards who had destroyed a family. Heather Saunders was giving evidence at the appeal hearing of the convicted terrorists at Korydallos Prison in western Athens. She said that the group chose to murder her late husband, Brigadier Stephen Saunders, on June 8, 2000, because he was an «easy target.» Dimitris Koufodinas and Savvas Xeros were found guilty of drawing up alongside Saunders on Kifissias Avenue as he stopped in traffic, unaccompanied by any security guards, and shooting him five times. Heather Saunders said N17 did not know anything about her husband and had been «making up a story» and «moving the goalposts» to justify his murder so it would fit in with their «propaganda.» Koufodinas told the court he «respected the pain» of someone who had lost a loved one but insisted that Stephen Saunders had been a «casualty of war.»