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US News Greece: the leader of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party sentenced to 13 years in prison

15:50  14 october  2020
15:50  14 october  2020 Source:   parismatch.com

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The neo - Nazi leaders of Golden Dawn have each been sentenced to 13 years in prison by a court in Athens, at the end of a historic hearing. The neo -fascist group was officially laid to rest as its disgraced former MPs were shown little mercy by a three-member panel of judges. Last week the court ruled that Golden Dawn lawmakers had operated a criminal organisation under the guise of being a democratically elected party . A public prosecutor proposed lengthy prison terms for 57 defendants convicted of murder, assault, weapons possession and either running or participating in the criminal

A Greek court has sentenced Nikos Michaloliakos and another former Golden Dawn leader , Ioannis Lagos (seen here), to 13 years in prison , after finding the party to be a criminal organization. The five-year trial put new scrutiny on one of Greece 's ugliest modern political developments — how a violent neo - Nazi party , infamous for harboring racists, xenophobes and even Holocaust deniers, was able to mobilize enough public support to win seats in parliament between 2012-2019 in a country that suffered tremendously under Nazi occupation during World War II.

The leader of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party Nikos Michaloliakos, negationist and admirer of National Socialism, was sentenced Wednesday to 13 years in prison by the Criminal Court of Athens.

  Grèce : le chef du parti néonazi Aube dorée condamné à 13 ans de prison © REUTERS / Grigoris Siamidis

The leader of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party Nikos Michaloliakos, denialist and admirer of National Socialism, was sentenced Wednesday to 13 years in prison by the Athens Criminal Court, which found him guilty of to have led a "criminal organization".

Among the six other paramilitary party executives, MEP Ioannis Lagos, a former member of Golden Dawn, also receives 13 years in prison. His parliamentary immunity must be lifted by the European Parliament, at the request of Greece, once an arrest warrant has been issued. The criminal court also followed the prosecutor's requisitions by sentencing to 13 years in prison the former party spokesperson Ilias Kassidiaris and the deputy Christos Pappas, right-hand man of Michaloliakos.

The Greek neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn described as a "criminal organization" by justice

 The Greek neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn described as a The party leader and his main cadres were found guilty of having led it, in a historic verdict acclaimed by the crowd but punctuated by incidents .

Leaders of the Neo - Nazi party have been sentenced to prison for running a criminal gang. The ruling is the culmination of a trial that has been described as one of the most important in Greece 's political history. A Greek court on Wednesday handed a 13 - year jail term to the leader of the neo - Nazi group Golden Dawn , Nikos Michaloliakos, for running a criminal organization under the guise of a political party . Six other former senior members were sentenced between 10 and 13 years on similar charges, and 11 former Golden Dawn lawmakers were sentenced to between five and seven years

The neo - Nazi leaders of Golden Dawn have been sentenced to 13 years in prison by a court in Athens, at the end of a historic hearing likened to the Nuremberg trials after the second World War. The violent Greek neo -fascist group was officially laid to rest as its disgraced former MPs were shown Presiding judge Maria Lepenioti read out the sentences less than a week after the court’s landmark ruling that Golden Dawn lawmakers had operated a criminal organisation under the guise of being a democratically elected party . On Tuesday, a public prosecutor proposed lengthy prison terms for 57

She imposed the same sentence on two other party leaders found guilty of "leading a criminal organization": the former deputies Ilias Panagiotaros and Georgios Germenis. Only Artemis Matthaiopoulos, the ex-son-in-law of Michaloliakos, was sentenced to ten years in prison below the requisitions of the prosecutor. Unsurprisingly, Golden Dawn activist Yorgos Roupakias, the murderer of anti-fascist rapper Pavlos Fyssas, has been sentenced to life imprisonment.

The murder of the left-wing activist on the night of September 18, 2013, shocked Greece in the midst of the financial crisis, and forced the authorities to prosecute the neo-Nazi party, responsible for murders and violence against migrants and left-wing activists since the 1990s, but which until then had benefited from virtual impunity.

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After a trial lasting more than five years , the leadership of Greece 's neo - Nazi party has been convicted of running a criminal organisation. Big crowds gathered outside the court in Athens as the judges gave verdicts on 68 defendants. Golden Dawn secured 18 MPs in 2012, as Greeks were battered Some 2,000 police were deployed around Athens Appeals Court as thousands of protesters demanded long jail terms, carrying banners that read "fear will not win" and "Nazis in prison ", Greek media reported. Tear gas was fired into the crowd as some of the protesters clashed with police and

Nazi Germany was solidly run by/in the pocket of major corporations despite being the popular party of those with small businesses and the like . There are clear parallels. The rise of right-wing militias to combat the far-left threat (brownshirts), a leader that uses inflammatory language in bombastic speeches, a constant pushing of the idea that the former government leadership needs to be dismantled entirely for the sake of the The extremist party 's leaders were arrested in 2013 after the killing of anti-fascist rapper Pavlos Fyssas by a Golden Dawn supporter sparked nationwide protests.

On Monday, the Athens Criminal Court rejected all mitigating circumstances that could ease the prison sentences incurred by the leaders of the neo-Nazi party.

After five and a half years of hearings, the court unanimously qualified last week the paramilitary party as a "criminal organization", a verdict described as "historic" by the President of the Republic and a whole fringe of the political class Greek.


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About fifty of the 68 defendants have been convicted

She has established Golden Dawn's guilt in several crimes, in particular the murder in 2013 by anti-fascist rapper Pavlos Fyssas , that of Pakistani Sahzat Luckman, also in 2013, as well as the assault on Egyptian fishermen in 2012 and on communist trade unionists in 2013.

More than fifty of the 68 defendants were convicted of various crimes : leadership of a criminal organization, murder, assault, illegal possession of weapons. 11 were acquitted.

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Thirty-nine members of the neo - Nazi group were convicted of running it as a criminal organisation and later sentenced to prison , including 13 ex-parliamentarians. Others received suspended sentences . All but two of the 39 turned themselves in. Pappas is on the run; the other is Ioannis Lagos, a European parliament member who lives in Brussels and is protected by immunity. Pappas' lawyer told Greek state broadcaster ERT that his client would not surrender himself because he believed his conviction would be quashed on appeal, meaning he would serve a prison sentence that could be overturned.

Leaders of the neo -fascist Golden Dawn party were convicted of running a criminal group. But one is living free in Brussels, immune from extradition as a European Parliament member. Ioannis Lagos outside an Athens courtroom in October. Mr. Lagos was convicted and sentenced to 13 years in Golden Dawn leapt to prominence a decade ago, blaming the European Union, elites and immigrants, particularly Muslims, for the country’s ills as a calamitous financial crisis pounded Greece . Previously an ultranationalist fringe group that had never held a seat in Greece ’s Parliament, it won 21 of the 300

This river trial gradually led to the decline of Golden Dawn, the third political force in 2015, which did not obtain any seat in Parliament in the last legislative elections in July 2019.

On Monday, the Athens Criminal Court rejected all the circumstances mitigating measures likely to ease the prison sentences incurred by the leaders of the neo-Nazi party.

After five and a half years of hearings, the court unanimously qualified last week the paramilitary party as a "criminal organization", a verdict qualified as "historic" by the President of the Republic and a whole fringe of the political class Greek.

She established the guilt of Golden Dawn in several crimes, in particular the murder in 2013 of the anti-fascist rapper Pavlos Fyssas, that of the Pakistani Sahzat Luckman, also in 2013, as well as the assault of Egyptian fishermen in 2012 and of communist trade unionists in 2013.

Over fifty of the 68 defendants were convicted of various crimes: leading a criminal organization, murder, assault, illegal possession of weapons. 11 were acquitted.

This river trial gradually led to the decline of Golden Dawn, the third political force in 2015, which did not win any seat in Parliament in the last legislative elections in July 2019.

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