The Athens Court of Appeals on Wednesday delivered a historic guilty verdict for the leaders and members of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn, finding that they had run Golden Dawn as a criminal organization.
In a unanimous ruling, Greek justice ruled that Golden Dawn was a criminal organization "wearing the cloak of a political party," in accordance with the indictment in the case.
The court also found the defendant Golden Dawn member, Giorgos Roupakias, guilty of all charges for the murder of anti-fascist musician Pavlos Fyssas and another 15 defendants in the case guilty of acting as accomplices, while acquitting two due to reasonable doubt.
In a statement after the Court's decision, the General Secretary of the CC of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) Dimitris Koutsoumbas pointed out:
"The court, guided by the truth, as this was shown by a host of evidence, today penally condemned the murderers of Golden Dawn.
This guilty verdict should be accompanied by the exemplary punishment of the guilty with the highest possible sentences and of course, they must go to jail.
Of course, the connections and tentacles of the Nazis that were revealed during the trial make them even more dangerous.
No complacency is permitted. The most important thing is for the people to uproot the evil with the overthrow of the system that incubates the egg of the snake, Nazism and Fascism.
That is why the words of the poet are very timely: "You have to deeply understand fascism; it will not die alone, you must crush it".
|Thousands of people outside the Athens Court, waiting for the verdict. October 7, 2020.
KKE MEPs: Expel Golden Dawn from EU Parliament
The KKE Europarliament group has asked EU Parliament's President David Sassoli to initiate the necessary proceedings for the expulsion of the indicted Nazi MEP Yannis Lagos, as well as of the - ex Golden Dawn - MEP Athanasios Konstantinou.
The KKE MEPs ask that no possible substitute Golden Dawn members shall be permitted to join the EU Parliament. "Golden Dawn criminals belong in prison", said the KKE MEPs.
Lagos and Konstantinou, both elected as Golden Dawn MEPs in 2019 elections, are listed as "Independent".