ATHENS — A document notifying the European Parliament that Golden Dawn MEP Yiannis Lagos has been found guilty and sentenced to 13 years imprisonment by a Greek appeals court is expected to be sent within the day, so that a process for lifting his immunity from prosecution can begin and he can be arrested and sent to jail, sources said on Friday.
Lawyers representing Lagos on Friday filed for an appeal, which they will forward to the European Parliament's legal committee when it examines the case in order to bring it before the EuroParliament plenary.
The rest of those in custody for their part in Golden Dawn, which has been ruled to be a criminal organisation in the guise of a party, are expected to be taken to jail on Friday. Most are expected to be incarcerated in the prison in Domokos, while the rest will go to prisons in Malandrinos and Trikala, sources said.
For most of the accused, Friday will probably be the last act in a process that began seven years earlier, following the murder of Pavlos Fyssas, as all those now in police custody after the court refused to suspend their sentence until their appeal will find themselves behind bars at the end of the day.
The court's orders for immediate incarceration will not be possible to execute for two of those found guilty: Lagos due to his immunity as an MEP and former MP Christos Pappas, who has failed to appear after the court's decision was announced.