The Golden Dawn Trial in Greece, the largest trial of Nazis since the Nuremberg trials, has come to an end. In a historic verdict announced on Thursday, the Athens Court of Appeal ruled that 38 of the 50 defendants found guilty will go to jail, among which are 13 former MPs in the Greek parliament.
Among those the court has ruled should go to prison for their participation in Golden Dawn, which has been ruled a criminal organisation in the guise of a political party, are its leader Nikos Michaloliakos, current MEP Yiannis Lagos, and former MPs Ilias Kasidiaris, Christos Pappas, Ilias Panagiotaros, Giorgos Germenis and Artemis Matthaiopoulos, who were all found guilty of running a criminal organisation. Others that will immediately begin serving their prison sentences are Antonis Gregos, Polyvios Zisimopoulos, Panagiotis Iliopoulos, Nikos Kouzilos, Konstantinos Barbarousis and Nikos Michos, sentenced as members of Golden Dawn.
Among those going to jail are Giorgos Roupakias, who was sentenced to life for the murder of musician Pavlos Fyssas, and his 14 accomplices.
KKE: The people’s demand was for the nazis to go to prison – There is no room for complacency
In a statement regarding the historic verdict, the Press Bureau of the CC of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) pointed out that “the refusal to give suspended sentences for the majority of the condemned nazi criminals of Golden Dawn and particularly for thοse belonging to the leadership group was an self-evident decision”, adding that “the people’s demand was for the nazis to go to prison, even with those reduced sentences due to the changes in the Penal Code”.
“The condemnation of the nazi criminal formation was imperative, however there is no room for complacency. Fascism is the true offspring of this rotten system and its entanglement with sections of the bourgeoisie and capital has been revealed many times in the past, as it was during this trial, and if these have need of Golden Dawn or any other Nazi scheme, they will not hesitate to support it at the expense of the people,” reads the KKE statement.