Party leadership of Greece’s Golden Dawn to appear in court

The leadership of neo – Nazi Golden Dawn is to appear in court this week.

Golden Dawn MP Christos Pappas turned himself in to police on Sunday. Pappas is the party’s second-in-command and a close aide to leader Nikos Michaloliakos who was also arrested Saturday along with four other MPs.

A total of 22 people have been arrested in connection with the fatal stabbing two weeks ago of anti-fascism activist Pavlos Fyssas.

A report compiled by the Supreme Court deputy prosecutor five days after a probe was launched into 33 offenses attributed to Golden Dawn, said the party operated as a criminal organization and leveled charges against MPs and officials of belonging to a criminal organization.

Charges include ten counts of murder and attempted murder as well as money laundering, extortion and intent to commit crimes.

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(Photo: Golden Dawn demonstration, Komotini, Greece, December 2010: Ggia)