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My anger as killers stay free.

Byline: RICHARD SMITH

THE tearful widow of a British defence envoy murdered by terrorists said yesterday she was baffled that his "mad" killers were still at large.

Heather Saunders' husband, Stephen, was shot by Marxist group November 17 in Athens 10 months. They wrongly believed he was involved in the Kosovo war.

Despite a pounds 1.75million reward, no member of the gang - which has killed 23 people in 103 attacks since 1975 - has been arrested.

Speaking after an inquest ruled Brigadier Saunders was unlawfully killed, mum-of-two Heather said: "How can such a small, mad group get away with so much for so long? I find it extraordinary these people are still on the streets.

"The Greeks see them as some sort of Mafia, surrounded by mystique.

"My life is ruined. My children don't have a father. I don't want this to happen to anybody else."

Brigadier Saunders, 52, was shot five times in the stomach by two men on a motorbike as he drove to the British Embassy.

November 17 members said they targeted him because he helped plan Kosovo bomb raids.

But Heather, mum of Nicola, 15, and Catherine, 14, told the inquest at Salisbury, Wilts: "That's an absolute lie."

During the conflict, her husband was renovating the family home at Melbury Osmond, Somerset.

Wiltshire coroner David Masters said: "This was cold-blooded murder."

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