N17 convicts speak out against fugitive Xeros
As police continued their search for Christodoulos Xeros, the November 17 convict who absconded earlier this month while on a prison furlough, two of his fellow convicts yesterday criticized his stance and insisted that the guerrilla organization no longer exists.
Savvas Xeros, a key member of N17 whose arrest in 2002 triggered the dismantling of group, said he was “bitter” at his brother’s decision to escape from prison and to threaten to return to terrorism, adding that the fugitive was “in mortal danger.” He added that N17 “is finished.” “That story is over,” he said.
Another convict, N17’s key hitman Dimitris Koufodinas, was more scathing in a letter published in the Efimerida ton Syntakton daily yesterday. “No one has the right to usurp the name and history of N17, much less to claim its continuation,” he said, adding that the organization’s “circle of life” ended in 2002.