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Prosecutor Wants Released Ex-Golden Dawn Leader Now Sent Back to Prison

ATHENS – Following public criticism over the early release from jail of former Golden Dawn neo-Nazi party leader Nikos Michaloliakos, who served only 4 ½ years of a 13-year sentence, Appeals Court prosecutor Nikitas Theologidis wants him returned to prison.

Michaloliakos, along with his party’s then entire group of Members of Parliament along with dozens of members, were convicted of operating and being in a criminal gang, which he denied, claiming he was a political prisoner.

He has remained defiant and unrepentant but a court panel said his refusing to show remorse and sticking to his neo-Nazi ideology was no reason to keep him in jail as he had served the requisite time for release – as have other Golden Dawn members still detained.

A judicial council will now consider whether he should be sent back to jail or can stay out under conditions that include forbidding him from associating with other former party members, Golden Dawn essentially disbanded after the convictions.

The trial took more than five years and one member, Giorgo Roupakias, was convicted of the stabbing death of anti-Fascist hip-hop artist Pavlos Fyssas in 2013 and was given a life sentence and 11 former party lawmakers remain in prison.

The party’s former spokesman Ilias Kasidiaris, who left to form his own party and was barred by Parliament and the courts from running in elections from jail – which is allowed in Greece – has filed a petition to get out too.

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