The prosecutor proposes sentences for more than 50 neo-Nazi party members who have been found guilty of murder, among other things.
A Greek court on Tuesday will consider leading members of the infamous neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn, almost a week after they were convicted in a landmark trial, to prison terms of up to 15 years.
The prosecutor will propose sentences for more than 50 party members found guilty last week, including longtime leader Nikos Michaloliakos and his inner circle. The proposal is then discussed by a three-person jury. The decisions are expected by Thursday.
The court on Monday made a final attempt by a top defendant, an independent member of the European Parliament, Ioannis Lagos, to delay the conviction by dismissing the original panel of three judges on bias.
It also denied requests from defense lawyers to consider mitigating factors in the convictions of Michaloliakos, Lagos and five other former party lawmakers convicted last week of running a criminal organization.
Lagos said Monday the judges were collecting “the blood of … innocent people and their families,” adding that he intends to appeal to the European Court of Human Rights.
The Golden Dawn trial has been described as one of the most important in Greek political history. More than 50 defendants have been convicted of crimes ranging from running a criminal organization to murder and assault to illegally possessing weapons.
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Golden Dawn’s crimes include the cold-blooded murder of anti-fascist rapper Pavlos Fyssas in 2013 and the beatings of Egyptian fishermen in 2012 and communist trade unionists in 2013, the court found.
Michaloliakos has rejected his belief as a political witch hunt.
“We were convicted of our ideas,” he tweeted last week.
“If illegal immigrants are the majority in Greece, if [the government] When millions of Greeks are unemployed on the streets, they will remember the golden dawn. “
Twitter later blocked his account.
The prosecution had argued that Michaloliakos had led his party under a military hierarchy that was modeled on Hitler’s NSDAP and had used himself as a leader for more than 30 years.
During a search of the houses of party members in 2013, firearms and other weapons as well as Nazi memorabilia were discovered.
Golden Dawn was for a time the third most popular party in the country, dealing with austerity and anger against migrants during Greece’s ten-year debt crisis.
The party was in parliament from 2012 and its lawmakers repeatedly shocked the chamber with provocative and aggressive behavior. In the parliamentary elections last year, she could not win a single seat.