ATHENS, Greece — A Greek court sentenced the direction of this extreme-right Golden Dawn celebration to 13 years in prison Wednesday, imposing the near-maximum punishment for conducting a criminal association blamed for many violent crimes that are violent.
A leading party member obtained 10 decades.
The landmark judgment follows a five-year trial of dozens of high officials, supporters, and members of Golden Dawn, a company based as a neo-Nazi team from the 1980s that climbed to become Greece’s third-largest political party during the majority of the nation’s 2010-2018 monetary catastrophe.
“Today’s sentencing of this neo-Nazi organization shows the durability of the democracy and the rule of law,” Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis stated in a tweet Wednesday evening. Collectively we proceed forward with this particular chapter “
Eleven other former parliament members have been sentenced to between seven and five years for membership of a criminal association, though a party partner was given a life sentence for the murder of Greek rap singer Pavlos Fyssas at a 2013 assault that triggered the crackdown against Golden Dawn.
The former lawmakers weren’t in court once the sentences were readout.
The court will hear closing arguments for custody considerations, and people whose sentences aren’t suspended will be detained unless they turn themselves in to authorities.
Golden Dawn was blamed for orchestrating many attacks, largely in Athens, contrary to immigrants and left-handed activists, many leading to serious harm.
“Those advocating for and engaged directly or indirectly in acts of racist violence appreciated impunity for long,” she explained. “These conclusions aren’t final and we must allow the judicial process to proceed (regarding Legislation ), however, they represent a significant step.”
A total of 57 celebration members and partners were detained on Oct. 7, largely for participation in carrying out or planning violent attacks.
Throughout the weeklong Legislation hearings, attorneys for the defense contended that the court had failed to show any obvious connection between the attacks and also the actions of their party leadership.
The celebration was reflected in Greece’s parliament between 2012 and 2019, having won the necessary variety of votes in four different general elections.
He started an unsuccessful legal challenge to have the panel of 3 judges trying the case substituted on grounds of alleged prejudice and political interference.
In a post on social networking, Lagos, that has returned to Brussels, stated he’s likely to take his struggle to some European court.
Human rights groups and immigrant institutions have praised the certainty of Golden Dawn’s leadership.
“Survivors of those crimes have a right to see justice done and this goes a very long way to demonstrating that the state won’t tolerate such barbarous attacks,” Eva Cosse in Human Rights Watch told The Associated Press.
“Racist and xenophobic violence is meant to send a message that was humorous, and it is the prosecutor’s function to deliver an equally strong counter-message, also for the court to employ a proper sentence which reflects the gravity of this offense “