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Far-Right Lawmaker Freed Pending Treason-Related Trial

June 20, 2018

ATHENS (AP) — Greek authorities have released from police custody an extreme far-right lawmaker pending his trial on treason-related charges.

A council of judges on Wednesday ordered Constantinos Barbaroussis to pay bail of 30,000 euros ($35,000), and banned him from leaving Greece pending his trial.

He was arrested in Athens Monday, three days after he called on the military to arrest the country’s leadership during a parliament debate on a Greek-Macedonia deal to resolve a decades-long name dispute.

Barbaroussis, who strongly opposes the government’s handling of the deal, later retracted his remarks.

If convicted on charges of committing preparatory acts for high treason, he faces up to 20 years in prison.

Barbaroussis was elected with the Nazi-inspired Golden Dawn party, which ejected him after his comments in parliament.

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