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article imageGolden Dawn's Kasidiaris loses immunity over TV slap

By Katerina Nikolas     Mar 13, 2013 in World
Athens - The Greek Parliament has voted in favour of removing the parliamentary immunity from prosecution from Golden Dawn MP Ilias Kasidiaris, enabling a prosecution to go ahead over the televised slapping of Communist MP Liana Kanelli in June 2012.
It is less than a week since Golden Dawn's (Chrysi Avgi) Ilias Kasidiaris was acquitted in court over his alleged involvement in an attack on a student in 2007. The waiver of immunity that allowed him to face prosecution did not extend to another charge, that of assaulting KKE MP Kanelli on a live television show.
Proto Thema reported Kanelli and Kasidiaris clashed in parliament as the vote was debated. The Communist MP launched into a diatribe against Kasidiaris. After claiming the bruise she received from his slap lasted 20 days and Kasidiaris attempted to inflict dangerous bodily harm on her, she continued by saying "I am too tough to die." She then went off on a tangent about scented soap failing to wash away the Nazi dirt. The Golden Dawn spokesman quipped it was fortunate that Kanelli had not accused him of attempted murder.
Only 203 of the 300 MPs voted, with 170 in favour of lifting immunity which Kasidiaris himself had asked to be lifted. Kasidiaris also noted that for some inexplicable reason the charges he brought against Kanelli have not yet been brought to parliament.
Ironically, even though Kanelli voiced her opinion that she hoped the televised slap would do Golden Dawn irreparable political harm, her own party's unpopularity rose after the incident whilst support for Golden Dawn increased.
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