Golden Dawn’s second-in-command faces magistrate


Christos Pappas, Golden Dawn’s second-in-command according to prosecutors, was on Thursday facing a magistrate to respond to charges of belonging to a criminal organization.

“Golden Dawn party will take part in the next election, whenever that takes place,” Pappas said ahead of his testimony at Building 6 of the Evelpidon court complex in Athens.

The far right deputy was greeted by a group of sympathizers who shouted slogans of support for the ultranationalist party.

His leader, Nikos Michaloliakos, was jailed early Thursday pending trial on charges of running a criminal organization in an investigation triggered by the killing of 34-year-old rapper Pavlos Fyssas last month.

Michaloliakos, who is a sitting member of Parliament, was ordered remanded in custody in the early hours of Thursday morning, after overnight testimony that lasted for more than six hours.

Thursday October 3, 2013

Reposted from Kathimerini newspaper website:

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