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The leader of the Greek neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn is sentenced to 13 years in prison

Nikos Michaloliakos, leader of the Golden Dawn party is sentenced to 13 years in prison (photo: Golden Dawn)
Nikos Michaloliakos, leader of the Golden Dawn party is sentenced to 13 years in prison (photo: Golden Dawn)
GREECE. After recognising the Golden Dawn as a criminal organisation, the Athens Criminal Court specified the sentences handed down to around fifty members of the Greek neo-Nazi party. Including six former executives.

First, its leader, Nikos Michaloliakos was sentenced, Wednesday, October 14, 2020, to thirteen years in prison. He is accused of leading a criminal organization. Same sentences for Ilias Kassidiaris, former spokesman of the movement, the Greek deputy Christos Pappas, right-hand man of Nikos Michaloliakos, and former deputies Ilias Panagiotaros and Georgios Germenis.
Former son-in-law of the president of the party, Artemis Matthaiopoulos will have to remain ten years behind bars.

Yorgos Roupakias, guilty of the murder of an antifascist rapper Pavlos Fyssas in September 2013, has been sentenced to life imprisonment with a 10-year prison sentence.
The party was also accused of the murder of Pakistani Sahzat Luckman in 2013, the attack on Egyptian fishermen in 2012 and the attack on communist trade unionists in 2013.

Another party figure, MEP Ionnis Lagos, was sentenced to 13 years in prison. However, he is protected by parliamentary immunity and Greece will therefore have to issue an arrest warrant to provoke a vote in the European Parliament to lift it.

Frédéric Dubessy

Thursday, October 15th 2020

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