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World Greece: Convicted former Golden Dawn lawmaker on the run

11:51  23 october  2020
11:51  23 october  2020 Source:   msn.com

Golden Dawn: Greek court imposes jail terms on far-right leaders

  Golden Dawn: Greek court imposes jail terms on far-right leaders The leaders of the far-right Golden Dawn, once Greece's third largest political party, were sentenced to prison on Wednesday for running a criminal gang linked with hate crimes during the country's worst economic crisis in decades. © LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images Leading members of Golden Dawn were convicted on on October 7. Golden Dawn entered parliament for the first time in 2012 at the peak of the crisis on a fiercely anti-immigrant platform, tapping into Greeks' anger over painful austerity measures and what many saw as a corrupt and cosy political establishment.

Former MP and leader of Golden Dawn party, Nikolaos Michaloliakos - Copyright AFP. The 68 defendants in the trial include 18 former lawmakers from the party, which rose to become Greece ’s third-largest party in parliament during the country’s decade-long financial crisis.

Five Golden Dawn members were convicted of the attempted murders of Egyptian fishermen and four of the attempted murder of communist activists in From 2010, Golden Dawn had managed to poison the Greek political system and democratic institutions, securing contacts with the army, the police, the

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities are searching for one of the leading members and former lawmakers of the extreme right-wing Golden Dawn party after he refused to turn himself in following a court decision ordering his imprisonment.

Presiding judge Maria Lepenioti consults a fellow judge as she reads the sentences during the Golden Dawn trial, in Athens, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. The court has sentenced the leadership of Greece's extreme-right Golden Dawn party to 13 years in prison, imposing the near-maximum penalty for running a criminal organization blamed for numerous violent hate crimes. The landmark ruling follows a five-year trial of dozens of top officials, members, and supporters of the organization founded as a Neo-Nazi group in the 1980s, that rose to become Greece's third-largest political party during a major financial crisis in the previous decade. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris) © Provided by Associated Press Presiding judge Maria Lepenioti consults a fellow judge as she reads the sentences during the Golden Dawn trial, in Athens, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. The court has sentenced the leadership of Greece's extreme-right Golden Dawn party to 13 years in prison, imposing the near-maximum penalty for running a criminal organization blamed for numerous violent hate crimes. The landmark ruling follows a five-year trial of dozens of top officials, members, and supporters of the organization founded as a Neo-Nazi group in the 1980s, that rose to become Greece's third-largest political party during a major financial crisis in the previous decade. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

Police were searching Friday for Christos Pappas, officially considered a fugitive after a Thursday court decision ordering a total of 39 people, including 13 former Golden Dawn lawmakers, to be imprisoned after they were convicted of running the party as a criminal organization.

Greek Neo-Nazi Golden Dawn leader sentenced to 13 years in prison

  Greek Neo-Nazi Golden Dawn leader sentenced to 13 years in prison After a five-year trial, a Greek court sentenced the leader of a far-right, anti-immigrant party to 13 years in prison. The sentencing follows a guilty verdict last week, when the party was ruled a criminal organization. © Provided by Washington Examiner Nikos Michaloliakos, the leader of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party, and six associates "were convicted of heading a criminal group," according to the BBC, following the murder of an anti-fascist musician in 2013. Sixty-eight members were on trial in total, and 50 other members of the party were convicted of conspiracy or criminal activity.

They were convicted of running the right-wing party like a criminal organization. Michaloliakos and another five former lawmakers received 13-year prison sentences, while a sixth was Eleven former Golden Dawn lawmakers convicted of simple participation received sentences of between five and

A Greek neo-Nazi ideologue and deputy leader of the Golden Dawn party has evaded arrest Friday as dozens of fellow members headed to prison following The Golden Dawn convicts will be shared out between at least four prisons, ERT said Friday. The former fringe party won 18 seats in parliament in

All but two of the 39 were in custody by Thursday night, having turned themselves in. However, Pappas’ lawyer Periklis Stavrianakis told Greek state broadcaster ERT that his client was not surrendering as he considered his conviction would be quashed on appeal, meaning he would have served a prison sentence that could be overturned. Appeals processes in the Greek court system can take several years.

Presiding judge Maria Lepenioti reads the sentences during the Golden Dawn trial, in Athens, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. The court has sentenced the leadership of Greece's extreme-right Golden Dawn party to 13 years in prison, imposing the near-maximum penalty for running a criminal organization blamed for numerous violent hate crimes. The landmark ruling follows a five-year trial of dozens of top officials, members, and supporters of the organization founded as a Neo-Nazi group in the 1980s, that rose to become Greece's third-largest political party during a major financial crisis in the previous decade. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris) © Provided by Associated Press Presiding judge Maria Lepenioti reads the sentences during the Golden Dawn trial, in Athens, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. The court has sentenced the leadership of Greece's extreme-right Golden Dawn party to 13 years in prison, imposing the near-maximum penalty for running a criminal organization blamed for numerous violent hate crimes. The landmark ruling follows a five-year trial of dozens of top officials, members, and supporters of the organization founded as a Neo-Nazi group in the 1980s, that rose to become Greece's third-largest political party during a major financial crisis in the previous decade. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

The other former Golden Dawn lawmaker not yet in custody is Ioannis Lagos, currently a European parliament member who lives in Brussels and is protected by immunity. Lagos was the only one of the former lawmakers who did not appeal for a suspended sentence.

Prosecutor recommends suspended sentences for Golden Dawn

  Prosecutor recommends suspended sentences for Golden Dawn ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A prosecutor on Monday recommended that all former lawmakers of Greece’s extreme right Golden Dawn party who have been convicted and sentenced to prison for leading or participating in a criminal organization should be allowed to remain free until their appeal has been heard. Prosecutor Adamantia Economou argued that none of the former lawmakers was a flight risk or at risk of re-offending while they remain out of jail, and said most had a clean criminal record until their current conviction. She argued their sentences should be suspended, with conditions imposed, until the appeals process is completed. An appeal can take several years.

In a landmark court ruling, Greece ’s far-right Golden Dawn party has been found to be operating as a criminal organization. Thousands who gathered outside Athens courthouse for Golden Dawn ruling disperse after police use tear gas and water cannon on the protesters. pic.twitter.com/dEevfTlNk2.

The leaders of Golden Dawn , once Greece ’s third most popular party, have been convicted of running a criminal gang linked to hate crimes during the country’s financial crisis. Six of its former lawmakers , including its founder Nikos Mihaloliakos, were sentenced to 13 years in prison this month.

The 37 people in custody, including party leader Nikos Michaloliakos, are expected to be transferred to prisons across the country.

Thursday’s court decision capped a marathon five-year politically charged trial involving 68 defendants and dozens of lawyers. It encompassed four cases: the 2013 fatal stabbing of left-wing Greek rap singer Pavlos Fyssas, physical attacks on Egyptian fishermen and left-wing activists, and whether Golden Dawn was operating as a criminal organization.

Danish submarine killer briefly escapes from prison

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Golden Dawn leader Nikos Michaloliakos was defiant after the ruling. But the ruling cannot be immediately enforced in the case of former Golden Dawn lawmaker Ioannis Lagos The court has accepted that Golden Dawn was a criminal organisation run by Michaloliakos using a military-style

Greek court's ruling on Golden Dawn party met with jubilation – video. The verdict was met with widespread relief. Magda Fyssa, whose son Pavlos The leftist former prime minister Alexis Tsipras, who was in the crowd, said that after years of sowing hate, poisoning Greek society and orchestrating

Magda Fyssa, center, the mother of late Greek rap singer Pavlos Fyssas, who was stabbed and killed by a supporter of the extreme right Golden Dawn party in 2013 triggering a crackdown on the party, is comforted after she overcame with emotion, at a court in Athens, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. The court has sentenced the leadership of Greece's extreme-right Golden Dawn party to 13 years in prison, imposing the near-maximum penalty for running a criminal organization blamed for numerous violent hate crimes. The landmark ruling follows a five-year trial of dozens of top officials, members, and supporters of the organization founded as a Neo-Nazi group in the 1980s, that rose to become Greece's third-largest political party during a major financial crisis in the previous decade.(AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris) © Provided by Associated Press Magda Fyssa, center, the mother of late Greek rap singer Pavlos Fyssas, who was stabbed and killed by a supporter of the extreme right Golden Dawn party in 2013 triggering a crackdown on the party, is comforted after she overcame with emotion, at a court in Athens, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. The court has sentenced the leadership of Greece's extreme-right Golden Dawn party to 13 years in prison, imposing the near-maximum penalty for running a criminal organization blamed for numerous violent hate crimes. The landmark ruling follows a five-year trial of dozens of top officials, members, and supporters of the organization founded as a Neo-Nazi group in the 1980s, that rose to become Greece's third-largest political party during a major financial crisis in the previous decade.(AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

A total of 57 party members and associates were convicted on Oct. 7, mostly for involvement in violent attacks and participating in a criminal organization. Of those, the panel of three judges rejected appeals for suspended sentences for 39.

Greek court imprisons far-right Golden Dawn party leadership

  Greek court imprisons far-right Golden Dawn party leadership ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A Greek court decided Thursday to imprison the leadership of the extreme right-wing Golden Dawn following their convictions for running the party like a criminal organization, but granted suspended sentences to five of the party's 18 former lawmakers who were convicted of lesser charges. The decision by a three-judge panel came after days of summations by defense lawyers following the prosecutor’s recommendation that all former Golden Dawn lawmakers be allowed to remain free pending appeal. The appeals process could take several years.

Golden Dawn was founded as a neo-Nazi group in the 1980s and sat in Athens' parliament for years. Its popularity grew during Greece 's financial crisis as it rose to become the third-strongest force in parliament. But in 2019, the party failed to win any seats in parliament following nationwide elections.

Eleven former Golden Dawn legislators convicted of simple participation received sentences of between five and seven years. Golden Dawn spent decades as a fringe party on the Greek political scene. But it rose to prominence during the country’s 2010-2018 financial crisis, winning Parliament

Golden Dawn was founded as a neo-Nazi group in the 1980s and remained a fringe group until it rose to prominence during the country’s 2010-2018 financial crisis. Running on a nationalist, populist platform, it won parliamentary seats in four separate elections and became Greece’s third-largest political party. It has been blamed for multiple hate crimes, including brutal street attacks on immigrants and left-wing activists.

Golden Dawn party leader Nikos Michaloliakos waves as he leaves his residence in Athens, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020.A court has sentenced Michaloliakos and the leadership of Greece's extreme-right Golden Dawn party to 13 years in prison, imposing the near-maximum penalty for running a criminal organization blamed for numerous violent hate crimes. The landmark ruling follows a five-year trial of dozens of top officials, members, and supporters of the organization founded as a Neo-Nazi group in the 1980s, that rose to become Greece's third-largest political party during a major financial crisis in the previous decade. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis) © Provided by Associated Press Golden Dawn party leader Nikos Michaloliakos waves as he leaves his residence in Athens, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020.A court has sentenced Michaloliakos and the leadership of Greece's extreme-right Golden Dawn party to 13 years in prison, imposing the near-maximum penalty for running a criminal organization blamed for numerous violent hate crimes. The landmark ruling follows a five-year trial of dozens of top officials, members, and supporters of the organization founded as a Neo-Nazi group in the 1980s, that rose to become Greece's third-largest political party during a major financial crisis in the previous decade. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

Deadly earthquake strikes near Greek islands off Turkish coast .
A strong earthquake was reported off the Greek island of Samos in the eastern Aegean Sea. The earthquake, measuring 6.6 on the Richter scale based on early reports, was felt as far away as Athens and Istanbul.

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