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Greek PM meets father of hunger-striking anarchist bank robber seeking university admittance

  • Giorgos Romanos, father of Nikos Romanos who has been on a hunger strike since last month, leaves Maximos Mansion after a meeting with Greece's Prime Minister Antonis Samaras in Athens on Monday, Dec. 8, 2014. Nikos Romanos, 21, currently hospitalized under police guard, is on a hunger strike, demanding prison leave to attend lectures after he passed university entrance exams. He was jailed with three young men following a February 2013 bank robbery in which they took a hostage as they tried to escape. He was sentenced in October to 15 years and 11 months for the robbery and faces two more trials as an alleged member of an armed anarchist group. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

    Giorgos Romanos, father of Nikos Romanos who has been on a hunger strike since last month, leaves Maximos Mansion after a meeting with Greece's Prime Minister Antonis Samaras in Athens on Monday, Dec. 8, 2014. Nikos Romanos, 21, currently hospitalized under police guard, is on a hunger strike, demanding prison leave to attend lectures after he passed university entrance exams. He was jailed with three young men following a February 2013 bank robbery in which they took a hostage as they tried to escape. He was sentenced in October to 15 years and 11 months for the robbery and faces two more trials as an alleged member of an armed anarchist group. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)  (The Associated Press)

  • Giorgos Romanos, father of Nikos Romanos who has been on a hunger strike since last month, leaves Maximos Mansion after a meeting with Greece's Prime Minister Antonis Samaras in Athens on Monday, Dec. 8, 2014. Nikos Romanos, 21, currently hospitalized under police guard, is on a hunger strike, demanding prison leave to attend lectures after he passed university entrance exams. He was jailed with three young men following a February 2013 bank robbery in which they took a hostage as they tried to escape. He was sentenced in October to 15 years and 11 months for the robbery and faces two more trials as an alleged member of an armed anarchist group. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

    Giorgos Romanos, father of Nikos Romanos who has been on a hunger strike since last month, leaves Maximos Mansion after a meeting with Greece's Prime Minister Antonis Samaras in Athens on Monday, Dec. 8, 2014. Nikos Romanos, 21, currently hospitalized under police guard, is on a hunger strike, demanding prison leave to attend lectures after he passed university entrance exams. He was jailed with three young men following a February 2013 bank robbery in which they took a hostage as they tried to escape. He was sentenced in October to 15 years and 11 months for the robbery and faces two more trials as an alleged member of an armed anarchist group. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - This file photo taken on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 shows robbery and terrorism suspect Nikos Romanos with heavy cuts and bruising as he is being led to a prosecutor to be charged in Kozani, northern Greece. Giorgos Romanos, father of Nikos Romanos who has been on a hunger strike since last month, met Greece's Prime Minister Antonis Samaras in Athens on Monday, Dec. 8, 2014. Nikos Romanos, 21,currently hospitalized under police guard, is on a hunger strike, demanding prison leave to attend lectures after he passed university entrance exams. He was jailed with three young men following a February 2013 bank robbery in which they took a hostage as they tried to escape. He was sentenced in October to 15 years and 11 months for the robbery and faces two more trials as an alleged member of an armed anarchist group. (AP Photo/Eurokinissi, File) GREECE OUT

    FILE - This file photo taken on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 shows robbery and terrorism suspect Nikos Romanos with heavy cuts and bruising as he is being led to a prosecutor to be charged in Kozani, northern Greece. Giorgos Romanos, father of Nikos Romanos who has been on a hunger strike since last month, met Greece's Prime Minister Antonis Samaras in Athens on Monday, Dec. 8, 2014. Nikos Romanos, 21,currently hospitalized under police guard, is on a hunger strike, demanding prison leave to attend lectures after he passed university entrance exams. He was jailed with three young men following a February 2013 bank robbery in which they took a hostage as they tried to escape. He was sentenced in October to 15 years and 11 months for the robbery and faces two more trials as an alleged member of an armed anarchist group. (AP Photo/Eurokinissi, File) GREECE OUT  (The Associated Press)

The father of a convicted bank robber who's on hunger strike to protest his barring from university says a meeting with Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras has failed to end the standoff, which has triggered violent protests.

Giorgos Romanos says his 21-year-old son Nikos is in "critical" condition after the four-week hunger strike, and is determined to persist.

While in prison awaiting trial for the armed robbery, Nikos Romanos successfully passed university entry exams to study business administration in Athens. Greek law allows convicts to attend classes on a case-per-case basis, but Romanos' application was rejected after his conviction.

The government has offered distance learning, which Romanos rejects.

Greece's justice minister also attended Monday's meeting between Samaras and Giorgos Romanos, who calls his son a "political prisoner."