Among the other six members of the paramilitary party is MEP Ioannis Lagos, a former member of the Golden Dawn, who was also sentenced to 13 years in prison.
His European immunity will be waived by the European Parliament (EP), at the request of Greece, following the issuance of the arrest warrant.
The criminal court also upheld the prosecutor’s indictment and sentenced former party spokesman Ilias Kassidiaris to 13 years in prison, as well as MP Christos Pappas, Michaloliakos’ right-hand man.
She sentenced to the same punishment two other party leaders found guilty of “leading a criminal organization”, namely former deputies Ilias Panagiotaros and Georgios Germenis.
Only Artemis Matthaiopoulos, Michaloliakos’ former son-in-law, was sentenced to ten years in prison, less than the prosecution requested in the indictment.
The killer of the anti-fascist rapper, sentenced to life
Golden Dawn activist Yorgos Roupakias, found guilty of killing anti-fascist rapper Pavlos Fyssas, has been sentenced to life in prison.
The killing of the left-wing activist on the night of September 18, 2013 shocked Greece and prompted authorities to launch legal proceedings against this neo-Nazi paramilitary party, which has been accused of violence against migrants and left-wing activists since the 1990s. so far a quasi-impunity.
The Athens Criminal Court on Monday rejected all mitigating circumstances that could lead to lower sentences against the party’s leaders.
After five and a half years of hearings, the full court unanimously described the neo-Nazi paramilitary party last week as a “criminal organization”, a verdict listed as “historic” by Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou.
The court found Golden Dawn guilty of several crimes, most notably the killing in 2013 of anti-fascist rapper Pavlos Fyssas, Pakistani Sahzat Luckman in 2013, but also of assaulting Egyptian fishermen in 2012 and members of a communist union in 2013.
More than 50 of the 68 defendants were convicted of various offenses – running a criminal organization, murder, assault, illegal possession of weapons.
They were sentenced to between five and seven years in prison.
Eleven of them were acquitted.
This river process gradually led to the decline of the Golden Dawn – the third political force in 2015 – which did not get any seats in Parliament in the last legislative elections, in July 2019.