The leader of the Greek neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn has been sentenced to 13 years in prison. The court in Athens had previously found Nikolaos Michaloliakos and a handful of other former parliamentarians guilty of running a criminal organization.
The anti-Semitic Michaloliakos is a Holocaust denier and admirer of Adolf Hitler. Five other former MPs were also sentenced to 13 years in prison, Greek media reports.
In the trial, a total of 68 (former) politicians and other members of Gouden Dageraad are on trial for, among other things, murder attempts, illegal possession of weapons and violence. They had already been found guilty of membership in a criminal group. Four other former parliamentarians were sentenced to five years in prison. The court sentenced party member Yorgos Roupakias to life in prison for stabbing an anti-fascist rapper to death in 2013.
The lawsuit against the far-right movement started in 2015. The rapper’s murder triggered the criminal investigation into the paramilitary group. Gouden Dageraad members have used a lot of violence against migrants in particular.
Golden Dawn has not been represented in parliament since last year. It has been replaced by other parties with extreme right-wing sympathies.