Greek Prosecutor Urges Golden Dawn Sentences Be Suspended

ATHENS – A Greek state prosecutor who wanted the leaders and members of Golden Dawn acquitted of charges a running a criminal gang now said their convictions of up to 13 years in jail should be suspended so they can appeal.

The proposal made by Adamantia Oikonomou, who wanted exoneration despite thousands of pages of overwhelming evidence and eyewitness testimony against party officials and members, doesn't include Giorgos Roupakias, given a life sentence for the murder of anti-Fascist hip-hop artist Pavlos Fyssas in 2103.

She hasn't explained why she didn't want anyone apart from Roupakias convicted but tried to persuade a panel of judges, who will have the final say, that the neo-Nazis shouldn't be in jail while they appeal.

It's not known how long that would be as the trial took five years and that could open the door for defense attorneys at some point to argue their clients should not go to jail because they had been under duress for years, as time served.

Oikonomou said that with the exception of party leader Nikos Michaloliakos, the party's other former lawmakers and dozens of members had a clean criminal record before being in a criminal gang and didn't even try to flee the country.

Following the prosecutor's proposal, the court adjourned so that defense attorneys, whose bid for leniency over mitigating circumstances, was rejected, can argue further for probation and try to get them off without any jail time.


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