Alexandros Giotopoulos

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Alexandros Giotopoulos (Greek: Αλέξανδρος Γιωτόπουλος; born 1944 in Paris) is serving a sentence of life imprisonment, having been found guilty in 2003 of leading the Marxist Greek urban guerrilla group November 17th (17N).

17N was responsible for several murders of prominent Greek and foreign politicians, journalists, diplomats and businessmen. Giotopoulos was identified as its leader after the apprehension and confession of Savvas Xiros, another member of 17N, following a failed bombing attempt on a hydrofoil shipping company in Piraeus.

Giotopoulos denied the charges against him, and described himself as the victim of "an Anglo-American conspiracy". At the start of his appeal, in 2005, he received support from left-wing organisations and personalities in France, where he was born,[1] including Alain Krivine and Pierre Vidal-Naquet. However, on May 3, 2007, his conviction and those of his 17N accomplices were sustained by the court of appeals.[1]

Alexandros Giotopoulos was a prominent opponent[2] of the Greek military junta of 1967-1974. He is the son of Demetris Giotopoulos, once a secretary of Leon Trotsky, also known as Witte, who was a leader of the Greek Trotskyist party of archeiomarxists.[3]


  1. ^ Le démantèlement du 17-N n’a pas mis fin au terrorisme en Grèce - Le Monde article - May 6, 2007
  2. ^ "Timeline: Anatomy of 17N". Greece Now. 2001. Retrieved 2008-08-07. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Giotopoulos the son of renowned Greek Trotskyite - Cyprus Mail archive article - Saturday, July 20, 2002 "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2006-12-08.