In his testimony before the court, he maintained that he has no regrets for his action, adding that he does not intend to repeat it. He also claimed that his "ideology" does not allow him to use force against people.
The defendant’s father, veteran leftist cadre Nikos Voutsis, told the court that only his son “can say why he did what he did. It is an act for which I cannot relate. I do not share this ideological direction. However, I understand the way young people react.”
Voutsis was apprehended by a passerby as he fled the bank with 23,000 euros, moments after holding it up along with a still undetected accomplice.