Greece – leader of neo-Nazi party: Michaloliakos convicted

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In Athens, Nikos Michaloliakos, founder and leader of the “Golden Dawn”, was sentenced to 13 years in prison. Another member of his party has been behind bars for the murder of a rapper.

In Greece, the longtime leader of the neo-Nazi party “Golden Dawn” has been sentenced to 13 years in prison for running a “criminal organization”. The Athens court sentenced Nikos Michaloliakos to the long prison term on Wednesday, following the prosecution’s request.

The court also imposed a life sentence on a member of the Golden Dawn for the murder of the anti-fascist rapper Pavlos Fyssas in 2013. The five-year trial of the notorious party’s leadership will come to an end with the sentencing.

Party founder Michaloliakos and six former MPs were found guilty of several crimes in a groundbreaking verdict last week, including leading a criminal organization.

Golden Dawn responsible for rapper murder

The neo-Nazi party has been blamed for several crimes, including the murder of the rapper Fyssas and attacks on Egyptian fishermen and communist trade unionists in 2012 and 2013.

Golden Dawn, which has close ties to the neo-Nazi scene, has long been notorious for its attacks on migrants and political opponents. The party, which was founded in the 1980s, gained influence in connection with the severe economic crisis in Greece from 2010 and entered parliament in 2012.

In the 2015 general election, Golden Dawn was the third strongest force. She has not been represented in parliament since the election in July last year.

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