Golden Dawn leader Mihaloliakos to take the stand in historic trial

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Golden Dawn leader Mihaloliakos to take the stand in historic trial
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The testimony of far-right Golden Dawn leader Nikos Michaloliakos began on Wednesday in court.

Michaloliakos is facing charges for participation in a criminal organisation, in addition to a host of other indictments connected to acts of murder and assault committed by members of Golden Dawn. The Appeals Court justices presiding will be called on to make a decision of historic importance and judge whether Golden Dawn is a legitimate political party or a Nazi-type criminal group operating under the guise of a political party.

The judicial investigation into the party's activities was launched after the murder of Pavlos Fyssas by Giorgos Roupakias on September 18, 2013 in Keratsini, during an attack also involving other Golden Dawn supporters. An investigation of the incident showed that members of the party had coordinated their actions on that evening, instructing Roupakias to go to the location where Fyssas and his friends could be found.

In addition to the Fyssas murder, the trial is also expected to look into the party's role in the murder of a Pakistani worker, attacks on Communist Party of Greece (KKE) members in Perama, attacks on Egyptian fishermen, attacks on centres in Ilioupolis, on Crete and in other areas. The prosecution's proposal stresses the Nazi-type structure of the party, Mihaloliakos' leading role and the fact that its action peaked after 2012 when GD entered Parliament.

Michaloliakos is facing charges for participation in a criminal organisation, in addition to a host of other indictments connected to acts of murder and assault committed by members of Golden Dawn. The Appeals Court justices presiding will be called on to make a decision of historic importance and judge whether Golden Dawn is a legitimate political party or a Nazi-type criminal group operating under the guise of a political party.

The judicial investigation into the party's activities was launched after the murder of Pavlos Fyssas by Giorgos Roupakias on September 18, 2013 in Keratsini, during an attack also involving other Golden Dawn supporters. An investigation of the incident showed that members of the party had coordinated their actions on that evening, instructing Roupakias to go to the location where Fyssas and his friends could be found.

In addition to the Fyssas murder, the trial is also expected to look into the party's role in the murder of a Pakistani worker, attacks on Communist Party of Greece (KKE) members in Perama, attacks on Egyptian fishermen, attacks on centres in Ilioupolis, on Crete and in other areas. The prosecution's proposal stresses the Nazi-type structure of the party, Mihaloliakos' leading role and the fact that its action peaked after 2012 when GD entered Parliament.

Source: ana-mpa

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