Thursday 18 January 2018

'Criminal' Golden Dawn party cleared for EU elections

MENACING: Supporters of the far-right Golden Dawn show some force at an Athens rally
MENACING: Supporters of the far-right Golden Dawn show some force at an Athens rally

Greece's Supreme Court has cleared the extreme right Golden Dawn party to contest the election to the European Parliament, despite it being prosecuted by authorities as a "criminal organisation".

The court approved a list of 43 parties that will contest the poll on May 25. Governing partner New Democracy and main opposition Radical Left Coalition, also known by its acronym, SYRIZA, are vying for first place.

Golden Dawn, running on an anti-immigrant, nationalist platform, is variously shown as third or fourth in polls.

Golden Dawn's leader and his deputy have been behind bars since last autumn and have been followed recently by several more politicians, while awaiting trial.

They are accused of taking part in criminal acts, including murder, arson and extortion.

Prosecutors have labelled the party a military-style criminal organisation.

Press Association

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