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SYRIZA Calls on Govt to Help EU Parliament Lift Immunity of Sentenced MEP Lagos

February 4, 2021

ATHENS — The government should "stop humiliating Greece and help European authorities" and ensure that Eurodeputy Ioannis Lagos, sentenced along with others as members of a criminal organization, ends up in jail, SYRIZA said on Wednesday.

In a statement criticizing the government for "negligence" in the lifting of the MEP's immunity from prosecution, SYRIZA said the European Parliament received his criminal folder too late and in Greek.

"Today European Parliament President David Sassoli revealed, during his meeting with SYRIZA MEP Dimitris Papadimoulis, that not only did Greek authorities delay sending the case file for Lagos' lifting of immunity, but when they did send it, it had not been translated," the main opposition said.

Lagos, one of 39 Golden Dawn members found guilty of running or participating in a criminal organization, received a 13-year jail sentence. He had been elected to Europarliament on the Golden Dawn ticket but is listed as Independent.

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