Greek Prosecutor Recommends Trial for Golden Dawn’s Parliamentary Group



Already, six of Golden Dawn's MPs are under arrest

Greek prosecutor Isidoros Dogiakos, handling the criminal investigation of far-right Golden Dawn party, recommended to a council of judges earlier today that its current 16-member parliamentary group — as well as the two that have resigned — should be trialed on charges ranging from belonging to and running a criminal organization to weapon offenses.

In his 700-page argument Dogiakos proposed that a total of 70 party members, amongst them Golden Dawn’s imprisoned leader Nikos Michaloliakos and imprisoned MPs Ilias Kasidiaris, Christos Papas, Ioannis Lagos, Giorgos Germenis, Nikos Kouzoulos, Panagiotis Iliopoulos as well as ex member Stathis Mpoukouras, should appear before the judges. Fifteen party members that were initially accused of criminal offenses, should be cleared, he added. According to his recommendation, every current or ex MP belonged to the criminal organization’s “hard core” that operated under the party’s cloak.

Dogiakos recited all the charges being brought against Golden Dawn, underlining the murders of anti-fascist rapper Pavlos Fyssas (a.k.a. Killah P) on September 2013 and Pakistani immigrant Luqman Shahzad on January 2013, as well as several individual assaults on foreign nationals and leftist activists, including the attack against PAME members in Piraeus, just a few days before Fyssas’ murder.

A three-member panel of judges is expected to issue final indictments within weeks. If it upholds Dogiakos’ recommendations, Golden Dawn MPs face a maximum 20-year prison sentence.

Golden Dawn enjoyed a huge boost in support during Greece ‘s financial crisis, winning 18 of Parliament’s 300 seats in the 2012 elections, currently being the country’s fourth most popular party. Its crackdown followed the fatal stabbing of Fyssas by Golden Dawn member Giorgos Roupakias, who is currently denying any relation with the party. Currently, a total of 26 members — including the MPs — are behind bars.

Recently, the family of Manos Kapelonis, a Golden Dawn member who was shot dead last November, said that Golden Dawn’s use of their son’s name and image is “absolutely incompatible with the nature of his beliefs and ideals and is offensive to his personality,” therefore is seeking a court injunction to ban the party from using his name or image for political purposes.


2 COMMENTS

  1. The American Jewish Committee applauded the recommendation made by Greek state prosecutor Isidoros Dogiakos to bring to trial the senior leaders of Greece’s 3rd most popular political party Golden Dawn, including all Golden Dawn members of parliament.

    “Prime Minister Samaras and Greece’s law enforcement and judicial authorities have pursued Golden Dawn with admirable courage and determination, demonstrating principled leadership. The Golden Dawn Party threatens the very foundation of Greece, the cradle of democracy. Bringing party leaders to justice for their criminal activity is important for the well-being and security of Greek society.” said AJC Executive Director David Harris.

    The question Hellenic citizens should be asking, is why is there so much direct interference by foreign Jewish lobbies in Greek domestic politics. This chutzpah, this interference understandably gives rise to anti-jewish feeling. How else will the 9.4% of the Hellenic electorate that voted for Golden Dawn at the May 2014 EU elections feel towards Jews, when they see foreign Jewish lobbies applauding the persecution of the leadership of the party they voted for? Anti-semitism does not occur in a vacuum, without provocation, although Zionists like David Harris like to pretend that it does.

  2. The Greek Prosecuter should arrest and prosecute our corrupt politicians who looted the country’s wealth and bankrupt It’s economy.

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