The companion of Alexandros Yotopoulos, who is suspected of being the leader of November 17, yesterday broke her silence to speak out in support of the man she said she had known only under his alias of Michalis Economou, since meeting him in Paris years ago. French national Marie-Therese Peynaud, 48, told the Sunday Eleftherotypia that she believed the charges against Yotopoulos were «unjust and fabricated» and that the conditions in which he was being held in Korydallos Prison pending trial were «exhausting and vengeful.» «The media’s treatment of Michalis has been unjust. I am sure, however, that in this country there are people who will resist the climate of terrorism and that he will come out innocent and free,» Peynaud told the newspaper. Peynaud said she herself had never belonged to any political party but believed she had an obligation to fight for what was «important and urgent,» such as globalization’s effect on the poor, the situation of migrants and the exploitation of workers. Yotopoulos, 58, denies all charges, despite police evidence and the testimony of confessed suspects.