Greece's Golden Dawn MPs released from custody

Posted Oct 2, 2013 by Katerina Nikolas
Three Golden Dawn MPs have been released from custody pending trial. Party spokesman Ilias Kasidiaris, and lawmakers Ilias Panayiotaros and Nikos Michos, all deny the charges brought against them.
Ilias Kasidiaris of Golden Dawn
Ilias Kasidiaris of Golden Dawn
Following the weekend arrest of six prominent Golden Dawn MPs on charges of forming a criminal organisation and money laundering, assault, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, murder and blackmail, court proceedings which commenced Monday terminated Tuesday morning.
Three Golden Dawn MPs were released from custody following an all night court session. Party leader Nikolaos Michaloliakos is due to appear in court later today, while deputy leader Christos Pappas will appear on Oct 3. A sixth MP arrested, Yiannis Lagos, remained in custody following the court hearing.
Ekathimerini reported Ilias Kasidiaris was ordered to post bail of €50,000. Newsit reported Kasidiaris challenged the prosecution as their parliamentary immunity has not been revoked. He also argued that the prosecution was political, denying the party is a criminal organization and stressing "our role is to eliminate crime."
New Democracy party member and lawyer Pavlos Sarakis was expelled from the leading coalition party for taking on the defence of the arrested Golden Dawn members.