Greece: Golden Dawn leader remanded in custody

Posted Oct 3, 2013 by Katerina Nikolas
Nikos Michaloliakos, leader of the ultra-nationalist party Golden Dawn, is to remain in custody pending trial, on charges of forming a criminal organization. A defiant Michaloliakos cried "Long live the victory" as he left court.
Chrysi Avgi
Chrysi Avgi
Chrysi Avgi
The court made the decision to remand Michaloliakos, 56, in custody in the early hours of Thursday morning. Nikos Michaloliakos argued in court that the prosecution was political and he regretted the killing of anti-fascist rapper Pavlos Fyssas. He also maintained that the party was unaware some members engaged in delinquent behaviour.
Ekathimerini reported Michaloliakos said: “I condemn (the murder), like I condemn violence in general. I am not a Nazi."
On Tuesday Digital Journal reported three other Golden Dawn MPs, Ilias Kasidiaris, Ilias Panayiotaros and Nikos Michos, were released from custody pending trial. A fourth MP, Yannis Lagos, was remanded in custody. According to To Vima direct evidence links Lagos to the murder of Fyssas.
It is against the Greek constitution to ban a political party and Michaloliakos may still be allowed to engage in parliamentary activity pending a verdict.