Greece: immunity lift asked for the rest of Golden Dawn MPs

The entire parliamentary group to be summoned for questioning

21 February, 09:30

    Far-right Golden Dawn party supporters wave greek flags and shout slogans outside a  courthouse in Athens, Greece, 11 January 2014 Far-right Golden Dawn party supporters wave greek flags and shout slogans outside a courthouse in Athens, Greece, 11 January 2014

    (ANSAmed) - ATHENS, FEBRUARY 21 - The special investigative judges handling the Greek neo-nazist party Golden Dawn investigation have requested that the parliamentary immunity of the party's entire parliamentary group. Specifically, as daily To Vima online reports, the judges have requested the immunity lift of Eleni Zaroulia, Nikolaos Kouzilos, Antonios Gregos, Polivios Zisimopoulos, Konstantinos Barbarousis, Chrysovalantis Alexopoulos, Dimitrios Koukoutsis, Artemis Mattheopoulos and Michael Arvanitis. In their application judges Ioanna Klapa and Maria Dimitropoulou stress that the evidence they have accumulated indicates that the rest of neo-Nazi party's parliamentary group must be summoned for questioning regarding their participation in a criminal organization. Five protected witnesses revealed extensive information about the party's activities and that they would even recruit underage members.

    Additionally, video footage recovered from Golden Dawn computers depicts MPs and new recruits can be seen giving Nazi salutes and swearing that they will hang politicians. In addition, the investigative judges have requested that the immunity of six MPs must also be lifted in order to question them for illegal possession and use of fire arms; MPs Nikos Michaloliakos, Ilia Kasidiaris, Nikolaos Michos, Giorgos Germenis, Panagiotis Lagos, Efstathios Boukouras and Panagiotis Iliopoulos are believed to have supplied other members of the criminal organization with weapons. (ANSAmed).

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