The Golden Dawn, which also sat in the Greek Parliament, has now been found in practice to be an illegal organization when a court in Athens found that its leaders had run a criminal organization. The right was exercised for more than five years.
– Democracy won today, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis commented on the court’s decision on television.
– As in the urn, this Nazi group was convicted in court, the prime minister said, referring to last year’s election, in which the Golden Dawn did not win a single parliamentary seat.
Among the convicts are the founder and chairman of the party Nikos Michaloliakos, former Member of the European Parliament Yiannis Lagos, former President Ilias Kassidiaris and a dozen other party members who were elected to parliament in 2012, when the party’s influence was at its highest. Lagos resigned from the party last year and Kassidiaris has formed a new far-right party. They face sentences of 5 to 15 years in prison.
A total of 68 people were charged, 50 of whom were found guilty of some form of criminal activity. The organization’s website was no longer accessible after the verdict was announced.
Convicts await their sentences with a free foot and will not be arrested until it has been decided whether they can await the probable handling of probable appeals.
There were at least 15,000 anti-fascist protesters in front of the courtroom.
– It is our duty as a democracy to be here today to show that we oppose such crime, a 69-year-old protester Sophia commented to the news agency Reuters.
Murder and assault
In the background of the tangle was a 34-year-old left-wing rap artist in 2013 Pavlos Fyssasin murder. Members of the Golden Dawn chased him down the street and stabbed him to death in front of the cafe.
The murder was confessed Yiorgos Roupakias, who was also found guilty on Wednesday. A life expectancy awaits him.
The murder was investigated on the basis that the Golden Dawn is a paramilitary organization that uses violence, intimidation, and homicide to achieve its goals, and all such illegal activities take place under leadership.
On Wednesday, two members of the Golden Dawn were convicted of two brutal assaults that occurred in 2012. The first sleeping Egyptian fisherman was beaten with broken teeth and the following year the communists who glued the posters were attacked with nails spiced with nails.
The Golden Dawn won 18 seats out of a 300-seat parliament in the 2012 parliamentary elections. At the time, Greece was suffering from an economic crisis and the party used anti-alien rhetoric in its campaigning.
In 2014, it received three alternates from the European Parliament and in 2015, it won 17 seats in the parliamentary elections.
When members of the Golden Dawn were arrested in 2013, it was the first time elected politicians have been arrested since the 1967 military coup.
The verdict also caused some unrest as small groups of young people began throwing police officers at the bottles. Police responded with water cannons and tear gas.