Golden Dawn politicians in court
Published 01/10/2013 | 08:46
Four politicians from the extremist right-wing Golden Dawn party are due in court for a preliminary hearing into charges of participating in a criminal organisation.
Ilias Kassidiaris, who is also the party's spokesman, Ilias Panagiotaros, Yiannis Lagos and Nikos Mihos are to appear this afternoon for a deposition. Another three party members are scheduled to appear earlier in the day.
The party's top figures, including its leader, are among 22 people arrested in a crackdown on the Nazi-inspired party sparked by the fatal stabbing on September 17 of a Greek rap singer. Arrest warrants have been issued for another 10 people.
Golden Dawn rose from a fringe group to become Greece's third most popular party in recent years, riding on a wave of anger over the country's deep financial crisis. It won nearly 7% of the vote and gained 18 seats in the country's 300-member parliament in elections last year.
Party members and even politicians have frequently been accused in the past of being behind numerous violent attacks, mostly against dark-skinned migrants.
Party leader Nikos Michaloliakos is to appear in court for his deposition tomorrow, while a sixth politician heads there on Thursday.