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Greek court allows Golden Dawn to participate in European elections

PUBLISHED : Monday, 12 May, 2014, 9:26pm
UPDATED : Monday, 12 May, 2014, 9:26pm
 

Greece's Supreme Court has allowed neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn to participate in upcoming European Parliament elections. Party lawyer Pavlos Sarakis said the decision had been expected because Golden Dawn had "faith in Greek justice".

The authorisation came despite an ongoing criminal probe against the party. Six of its lawmakers, including its leader, are in prison awaiting trial. Nearly all the party's 18 lawmakers are under investigation by Greek justice over serious crimes allegedly committed by the once-fringe party over the past two years. Under Greek law, candidates are only prevented from standing in an election if they are convicted of a crime, not if they are under investigation. A date for the trials has yet to be set.

The party's European election list includes none of its parliament deputies. Among its candidates are two retired senior army officers.

Evidence being used against Golden Dawn includes claims of assault against political opponents, as well as two murders.

Agence France-Presse

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