Greece now prosecuting all MPs of neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party
The Greek justice system has initiated the criminal prosecution of the last of the 16 MPs from the neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn. Charges including membership in a criminal organization have been filed against all of the party's legislators.
Half of those charged, including party leader Nikos Michaloliakos, have been in custody for months. The last MP charged is Artemis Mattheopulos, who is in a relationship with Michaloliakos's daughter.
Mattheopulos will now be placed in custody in the same prison where his potential father-in-law is being detained. The Greek justice system initiated its campaign against Golden Dawn in connection with the murder of a left-wing activist and popular singer last September.
The MPs have already told the court they are not guilty and call the charges against them politically motivated, which they believe is related to the fact that Golden Dawn has become more and more popular among Greek voters. The party confirmed its political position in the recent elections to the European Parliament, ending up in third place just as it has done during the past two elections to the Greek Parliament.
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