US blacklists two Greek 'terrorists' in row over new law

Greek fugitive Christodoulos Xiros is escorted by anti-terrorism police officers as he leaves the prosecutor's office after been recaptured on January 4, 2015, in AthensThe United States blacklisted two Greek extremists Tuesday amid anger over a new law which could see a bombmaker from a radical group accused of killing Americans released early from prison. US Secretary of State John Kerry had personally voiced concerns to the new Greek government that, under the legislation, Savvas Xiros, a bombmaker for the November 17 group would be freed to serve the rest of his term under house arrest. The shadowy movement was behind the 1975 killing of the CIA’s Athens station chief, Richard Welch, and claimed responsibility for assassinating 23 people in scores of attacks on US, British, Turkish and Greek targets between the 1970s and 1990s. The State Department early Tuesday moved to slap terrorist designations on convicted November 17 hitman, Christodoulos Xiros, the brother of Savvas Xiros, as well as Nikolaos Maziotis, the leader of the Revolutionary Struggle.

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