United States Strongly Objects to Event Honoring 17 November

Athens (Wednesday, July 2, 2014) – The Embassy of the United States of America in Greece expresses its strong objection to the event held on June 27 at the University of Athens Law School and organized by the School of Economic and Political Sciences in honor of the book by convicted 17 November terrorist Dimitris Koufontinas.  The prisoner spoke by phone from prison.

This event was not a matter of academic freedom but an effort for a convicted murderer to make money from book sales.  Such an event is offensive to the memory of 17 November’s victims and to their survivors.

The United States of America reaffirms its close and strong working relationship with the Government of Greece, including ongoing collaboration on counterterrorism.