Appeals Court Reverses Release of Former Golden Dawn Leader from Jail

ATHENS – The former leader of the disbanded neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party who was released early from jail will be sent back after the  judicial council of the Lamia Court of Appeals reversed a lower court order allowing him to go free.

Nikos Michaloliakos was sentenced to 13 ½ years in jail in October, 2020, along with his former party’s leadership and Parliament members after being convicted of running a criminal gang but let out early.

The appeals court ruling was that a lower court erred when it said his refusal to show remorse and continuing Fascist tirades shouldn’t deter his release although the other party members remain jailed.

A prosecutor had appealed his release and the appellate judges accepted the argument that he should be returned because he has been unrepentant, pointing to articles he wrote espousing a neo-Nazi ideology.

A Golden Dawn member, Giorgos Roupakias, was given a life sentence for the murder of anti-Fascist hip-hop artist Pavlos Fyssas in 2013, the court indicating that Michaloliakos’ rants had driven hatred.

The earlier court ruling applied restrictions including that he wasn’t allowed to travel outside the prefecture of Attica or the country and couldn’t meet with any co-defendants. It wasn’t said when he would go back to jail.


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