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Greece Wants EU Lawmakers to Lift Immunity for Golden Dawn Convict

ATHENS – With one of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn members convicted of operating a criminal gang on the run from the law, Greece wants the European Parliament to lift immunity for another, Ioannis Lagos, who can't be jailed otherwise.

That came as Greek police were hunting for the party's former second-in-command, Christos Pappas, whose lawyer admitted had become a fugitive, embarrassing the police and New Democracy government which said he had been followed and hadn't been because of privacy laws despite being a convict.

The rest of the party's former Greek Members of Parliament are behind bars on sentences up to 13 ½ years although it's not unusual in Greece for high-profile convicts to let be let out early.

Lagos is free unless his colleagues in the European Parliament take away immunity and allow him to be extradited from Brussels although he had 

Greece's Supreme Court prosecutor’s office has filed with the European Parliament asking for the case to be expedited, which usually first requires a committee to review any requests, EU lawmakers wanting to protect themselves.

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