Extreme-Right Golden Dawn Lawmakers Found Guilty in 2013 Athens Attack



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A Golden Dawn member of the European Parliament and a former MP were both found guilty on Friday in the July 2013 attack on a community center in Athens.

Yiannis Lagos and Nikos Michos received an eight-month suspended sentence for instigating the attack, which was carried out by a group of around 20 Golden Dawn members, on the community center and on its director, Panagiotis Drimilis.

The far-right party members were among nine defendants accused of carrying out the attack on the center, which, among other activities, offered free Greek language classes to migrants.

Another five Golden Dawn members were found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm and using weapons. Four were sentenced to 11 months in prison and the fifth received a prison sentence of five months.

Judges are still hearing the ongoing case against the neo-Nazi party, which includes several separate criminal acts, including the September 2013 murder of rapper Pavlos Fyssas.

Golden Dawn suffered a devastating defeat in the July, 2019 general election, which left the party, often described as neo-Nazi, with no parliamentary representation whatsoever.

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