ATHENS – State Minister Nikos Pappas met US Ambassador David Pearce to talk about the government’s plans to release a notorious terrorist and put him under house arrest.
The meeting came after Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias met in Washington, D.C. with US Secretary of State to try to calm American anger over the plans of the Radical Left SYRIZA-led government accused of having anarchist and terrorist sympathies.
SYRIZA pushed a measure to allow criminals with serious disabilities to go home with a monitoring bracelet.
That includes November 17 terrorist Savvas Xiros whose disability was blindness caused when a bomb he was building to kill people blew up in his face before he could.
He is serving five consecutive life sentences plus an additional 25 years for taking part in five assassinations and robberies, among other criminal activities.
The government said he deserved to get out for “humanitarian reasons” despite having killed a number of people, including Americans attached to the US Embassy.
Kotzias tried to convince Kerry that being under house arrest is the same as being in a high-security prison after Pearce had bitterly complained Xiros would now have a comfortable life while his victims are dead.
In unusually harsh language for a diplomat, Pearce said the move by SYRIZA was a “profoundly unfriendly act” toward the US, while Turkey bitterly blasted the government as well as November 17 killed Turkish diplomats and officials.
The US responded by placing two other terrorists, Xiros’ brother Christodoulos, who’s in jail after being captured while a fugitive, and Revolutionary Struggle leader Nikos Maziotis, on a blacklist.