Greece:70 indicted in Golden Dawn criminal organisation case

Among them, the party's leader and all the deputies

05 February, 09:41

    (ANSAmed) - ATHENS, FEBRUARY 5 - Seventy defendants in the ultra-right Golden Dawn (GD) criminal organisation case will stand trial, among them, the party's leader and deputies in the previous parliament as well as a number of party cadres, according to a Court of Appeals Judicial Council order issued on Wednesday as reported by Ana-Mpa. With a two to one majority, the members of the Judicial Council decided after several meetings that 70 of the 83 defendants in the major case will stand trial for a series of crimes against Greek and foreign nationals, including the murder of Pavlos Fyssas in September 2013. Before reaching a decision, the Judicial Council deliberated intensively on the main charge of running a criminal organisation. One of the judges, citing the Palermo Convention against organised crime, questioned whether the criminal organisation charge could stand up in court without first proving that the organisation's actions led to financial gains for its members and argued that the defendants should be tried for criminal conspiracy. The defendants in the GD criminal organisation case include 18 current and former GD MPs, and 52 party cadres, members of the organisation's units in Nikea, Perama and Piraeus. Twenty six of the 70 defendants are currently in custody pending trial. Thirteen of the defendants will not face charges of joining a criminal organisation.


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