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Greek Police Arrest Golden Dawn Leader, Nikos Michaloliakos

October 22, 2020

ATHENS — Nikos Michaloliakos, founder and leader of the former party Golden Dawn, ruled by Greek courts a criminal organization, is as of Thursday afternoon in police jurisdiction at the Attica Police Headquarters (GADA) in Athens, after giving himself up at his local Pefki police department.

An appeals court on Thursday called for the immediate imprisonment of most defendants, former MPs and other party members, whose sentences were not suspended.

After presenting himself at Pefki along with his daughter Ourania, Michaloliakos was transfered to GADA on Alexandras Avenue. His daughter and his wife, Eleni Zaroulia, who was sentenced on suspension, followed in a private car. The daughter verbally attacked journalists both outside the Pefki police station and in the car while driving.

Michaloliakos was led to a special holding area on GADA's seventh floor, where Giorgos Germenis, Panagiotis Iliopoulos, Ilias Kasidiaris, Yiannis Kazantzoglou, Giorgos Patelis and Giorgos Tsakanikas are also awaiting to be transferred to prison.

Five of those sentenced to serve prison sentences for their part in Golden Dawn had voluntarily presented themselves to police stations in their area on Thursday afternoon, after the court ruled that sentences for the majority on trial will not be suspended.

In addition to Ilias Kasidiaris, Giorgos Patelis and Giorgos Tsakanikas, Yiannis Kazantzoglou also gave himself up at the police station in Nikaia and Markos Evgenikos at the police station in Perama.

Ten were arrested in court, where they had gone to hear the final ruling, and taken straight to the transfers unit to be sent to prison.

All those convicted and sentenced to prison, whether they are arrested or voluntarily present themselves, will first be taken to GADA and then to the forensic investigations department for processing and the prosecutor for the execution of sentences, who will decide which correctional facility they will be sent to.

Subsequently, they will go to the transfers unit to be taken to prison.

According to sources, GD's leadership will be sent to the prison in Domokos and the rest divided among the prisons of Domokos, Malandrinou and Trikala.

Meanwhile, as a police official told the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA), the police are fully ready to carry out arrests and have set up 20 arrest teams that are on standby at the locations of those sentenced in the trial, to arrest them if they do not voluntarily give themselves up.

This process may take some time, however, as most arrests will require the presence of a public prosecutor, since the majority are in their homes. Once in prison, all the convicts will remain in quarantine for 14 days as a precaution against the spread of Covid-19, with no contact with other inmates or with each other, if they are in conflict.

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