The magistrate’s order to remand Nikos Michaloliakos, the first political party leader to face jail since Greece’s seven-year military dictatorship ended in 1974, came a day after three of his fellow lawmakers facing similar charges were released from custody and told not to leave the country, and a fourth was ordered held pending trial.
Testifying in an Athens courtroom, Sig.. Michaloliakos condemned the murder il mese scorso of a 34-year-old hip-hop artist and anti-fascist, Pavlos Fyssas, by a self-professed supporter of Golden Dawn, and said he did not know whether members of the party were involved in violence, according to a court official. “I condemn the murder, like I condemn violence in general,” he was quoted as saying. “I am not a Nazi.”
Leaving court on Thursday, Sig.. Michaloliakos was defiant. “Long live Golden Dawn! Victory!” he declared as his wife, Eleni Zaroulia, another Golden Dawn member of Parliament, cried, “You’re a diamond!” and his daughter, Ourania, urged him, “Don’t buckle, don’t give in!"
Sig.. Michaloliakos was transferred to the capital’s high-security Korydallos prison later in the day along with Yiannis Lagos, another Golden Dawn lawmaker. Giorgos Patelis, the head of the party’s chapter in Nikaia, near the spot where Mr. Fyssas was fatally stabbed, and an officer from the regional police precinct accused of supplying Golden Dawn with information were taken to two other jails in central Greece, televisione di stato segnalato.
According to the police, Sig.. Lagos telephoned Mr. Michaloliakos half an hour after the killing of Mr. Fyssas on Sept. 18. The lawmaker has been tied to protection and prostitution rackets as well as blackmail and money laundering, according to secret service documents leaked to the Greek news media this week.
Later on Thursday, a sixth lawmaker, Christos Pappas, the party’s second in command, was also ordered returned to custody. The police said they found guns and Nazi paraphernalia in Mr. Pappas’s home during a raid this week.
A government spokesman, Simos KEDIKOGLOU, defended the government’s crackdown on the party amid the vehement criticism fueled by the release on Wednesday of the three Golden Dawn lawmakers and speculation about the authorities’ abilities to rein in the party’s activities. “This is the most dynamic confrontation of a neo-Nazi criminal organization in history,"Mr. Kedikoglou told Greek television.
He acknowledged that Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, who is on an official trip to the United States, had been “surprised” to learn of the lawmakers’ release. But he said he was confident that they would be brought to justice. "Affrontano accuse estremamente pesanti e li si troveranno ad affrontare in tribunale, che deciderà sulla loro sorte,"Ha detto.
La relazione Un procuratore che ha spinto l'arresto dei sei deputati di estrema destra così come i funzionari di partito una dozzina durante il fine settimana descritto Alba Dorata come una "organizzazione criminale" che operano secondo una rigida gerarchia simile a dogma nazista. La relazione è trapelata ai media greci lo scorso fine settimana.
Il portavoce di Alba Dorata, Ilias Kasidiaris, ha descritto la decisione di carcere l'onorevole. Michaloliakos come "la più grande struttura-up nella storia politica moderna".
Della Golden Dawn catapultò fuori dall'oscurità in Grecia giugno 2012 elezioni, vincente 18 seggi in Parlamento da 300 posti, dopo una campagna su una piattaforma fermamente anti-immigrati, ma il partito ha visto la sua slitta di sostegno nelle ultime settimane.
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Correzione: Ottobre 3, 2013
An earlier version of this article misidentified the head of the Golden Dawn chapter in Nikaia. He is Giorgos Patelis, not Yiannis Lagos.