Greek Golden dawn trial resumes

Golden trial to be held in Korydallos prison

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

On Thursday, the suspended Golden Dawn Party trial started in a new court room which was arranged especially for the trial in the Korydallos prison.

The former session of the Golden Dawn trial was adjourned on May 15 when some audience started to protest and throw bottles to journalists. Judges decided to move the courtroom to another secure place within the Korydallos prison.

Golden Dawn is suspected of involvement in numerous attacks in recent years, mostly against immigrants, as well as the murder of the left-wing activist rapper Pavlos Fyssas which led to a crackdown on the party.

Court president Maria Lepeniotou said that the court demands the transfer of the case to the Athens Appeals Court but their request was rejected twice.

Lepeniotou added that the court did not want to hold the sessions of the trial in Korydallos prison not to coincide with the case of urban guerilla group Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire in the summer.

“The court’s aim was for the trial to run ‘smoothly’ throughout the summer until a special courtroom was erected by the justice ministry at the Athens Appeals Court,” she said.  

A huge police investigation into the party began with the round-up of many of its leaders and MPs, more than half of whom have since been charged.

Prosecutor Isidoros Doyiakos, who headed the investigation into Golden Dawn's activities, said the organisation aimed "to propagate and impose its political beliefs and theories through violence."

Golden Dawn, however, says it has no involvement in any violent activities and rejects the charges. It argues that its senior members are victims of political conspiracy aimed at stemming their surge in popularity during Greece's major financial crisis.

Despite the investigations and arrests of its leaders, support for Golden Dawn remained considerable in the latest elections on Jan. 25, when it came third with 17 out of 300 seats, winning 6.3 percent of the vote.

Altogether 16 Golden Dawn lawmakers, including 13 who were re-elected in the latest elections are among 68 individuals standing trial alongside former army commando and party leader Nikos Michaloliakos. The defendants also include party supporters and police officers.

TRTWorld and agencies