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Good News: Giannis Dimitrakis` Sentence Drastically Reduced

That an anarchist comrade finds himself in the hands of the state, that since several years, and will furthermore continue to do so, is of course only „good news“ in a very relative sense of the word. Nonetheless, we cannot help but feel joy at the news that a brave, principled, and committed fighter such as Giannis Dimitrakis, who has already been held prisoner of the state for almost 5 years, has had his sentence significantly reduced from 35 years to 12 years.

This means he is eligible to be released in under 3 years. Our thoughts are with him, all the other comrades in Greece and elsewhere fighting against state repression and incarceration, and all of those supporting them. Below is the statement regarding the new sentence:

„Today (23.12) was announced the final sentence at the court of appeals for comrade Giannis Dimitrakis. The sentence after the fusions is 12,5 years of imprisonment (less than the 35 years he got at the first trial). All together he was found guilty for the robbery in the national bank on Solonos str, (7 years imprisonment), guilty for mental support in the attempted homicide of the guard of the bank (6 years imprisonment), guilty for participating in a gang (4 years imprisonment), guilty for using a gun (2 years imprisonment). He was not recognized with mitigations but with the fusion of the sentences the final sentence is 12.5 years. The sentence he has to serve is 3/5 so Giannis Dimitrakis has to serve 7.5 years. He has already served almost 5 years. The room was full of supporters, that burst out in slogans and clapping after the announcement of the decision. The presence of the cops was discreet without EKAM (greek special forces) and masked ones as at previous trials. The speeches and points made of the defence lawyers were remarkable and they didn‘t speak of a „victory“ ofcourse but for a „proportional sentence that corresponds the charges“ The comrade was led again to prison with his fists raised and in the next days he is expected to be led to Domokos prison from the prisons of Koridallos where he was kept temporarily for the trial.“



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