‘An­ar­chist-rob­ber’ The­ofilou cleared by Athens court

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A five-mem­ber crim­i­nal ap­peals court ruled yes­ter­day that Ta­sos The­ofilou, who had been serv­ing a 25-year prison sen­tence for armed rob­bery, was in­no­cent of all charges.

The­ofilou had been in prison since his ar­rest in con­nec­tion to a deadly armed rob­bery on the Aegean is­land of Paros in 2012, and the fi­nal rul­ing on his case yes­ter­day cleared the way for him to walk free.

He was also ac­quit­ted of the charge of be­ing a mem­ber of the Con­spir­acy of the Cells of Fire ur­ban guer­rilla group, which has ac­cepted re­spon­si­bil­ity for a se­ries of bomb­ings and at­tacks over the years.

The de­ci­sion was a close one, with only three of the five judges vot­ing for his ex­on­er­a­tion and two for his con­vic­tion. Even the two judges who backed his con­vic­tion had dif­fer­ent stances: One wanted The­ofilou con­victed for a string of charges rang­ing from rob­bery and mur­der to mem­ber­ship of a terrorist or­ga­ni­za­tion while the other wanted him con­victed on fewer charges, chiefly rob­bery.

If the ap­peals court had ac­cepted a pros­e­cu­tor’s pro­posal, The­ofilou could have faced a life sen­tence.

The­ofilou him­self had de­nied all the charges and claimed to have been per­se­cuted for “be­ing an an­ar­chist.”

On Thursday night, an­ar­chists van­dal­ized the fa­cade of a SYRIZA of­fice in the Kala­maria re­gion of Thes­sa­loniki with red paint to ex­press sol­i­dar­ity with The­ofilou.

A sim­i­lar in­ci­dent oc­curred ear­lier at a SYRIZA of­fice in the Evos­mos district of Thes­sa­loniki.

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