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Suspected Greek neo-Nazis get life for murdering Pakistani

Two suspected members of Greece's neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn received life sentences on Tuesday over the fatal stabbing of a Pakistani immigrant last year, a judicial source said. However, the Athens court judging the case threw out the prosecution's argument that the murder of 27-year-old Shehzad Luqman in January 2013 was racially motivated.

Greek PM's aide quits over purported Golden Dawn video

ATHENS (Reuters) - A senior aide to Greece's prime minister resigned on Wednesday after the far-right Golden Dawn party said a video showed him suggesting the government had tried to press judges to jail its members. Government Secretary General Takis Baltakos did not refer directly to the comments he was reported to have made in the video, but said he was stepping down because of the furor caused by the video released online and shown on television.

Greek PM aide quits after casting doubt on neo-Nazi probe

A close aide of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras resigned on Wednesday following a secretly taped discussion puportedly showing him casting doubt on an ongoing probe into neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn. Panagiotis Baltakos, general secretary of Samaras's cabinet, was filmed apparently having a discussion with Golden Dawn spokesman Ilias Kassidiaris, one of the many senior party cadres facing criminal charges. A voice resembling that of Kassidiaris can be heard on the video posted on Greek news sites and seen by AFP.

Jailed Golden Dawn MP to run for governor

A Golden Dawn lawmaker is standing for governor in Greece's May local elections despite the fact that he is in pre-trial detention on charges of belonging to a criminal organisation, local media reported Sunday. Panayiotis Iliopoulos is one of six lawmakers of the Golden Dawn party to have been jailed as part of a crackdown on the far-right party. He accepted his candidature on Saturday by phone from the high-security prison in Athens where he has been detained since January, Athens News Agency reported.

Three more Greek far-right party MPs arrested

ATHENS (Reuters) - Three more far-right Golden Dawn lawmakers have been detained pending trial in Greece on charges of belonging to a criminal group, as part of a crackdown on the party following the killing of an anti-fascist rapper by one of its supporters last year. The stabbing of Pavlos Fissas in September, to which a Golden Dawn sympathizer has confessed, provoked protests across the country, a shake up of the police and a broad investigation into the party.

Another Golden Dawn MP placed behind bars

Another Golden Dawn MP was placed behind bars on Sunday, meaning a third of the Greek far-right party's 18 lawmakers are currently being held in pre-trial detention. Continuing a crackdown against Golden Dawn, Stathis Boukouras was remanded in custody on Sunday afternoon, court officials said. He joined two other MPs, Giorgos Germenis and Panayiotis Iliopoulos, who were also put behind bars at the weekend. All three face charges of joining and directing a criminal organisation.

Greek neo-Nazi suspects on trial for murder of Pakistani

Two suspected members of the Greek neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn went on trial on Wednesday accused of stabbing a 27-year-old Pakistani man to death. Dionyssis Liakopoulos, 25, and Christos Steriopoulos, 29, risk a life sentence if found guilty of the drive-by killing of Shehzad Luqman in Athens in January. They were arrested a few hours after the murder when a taxi driver who witnessed the attack reported their motorbike numberplate to police.

Greek neo-Nazi suspects on trial for murder of Pakistani

Two suspected members of the Greek neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn went on trial on Wednesday accused of stabbing a 27-year-old Pakistani man to death. Dionyssis Liakopoulos, 25, and Christos Steriopoulos, 29, risk a life sentence if found guilty of the drive-by killing of Shehzad Luqman in Athens last January. They were arrested a few hours after the murder when a taxi driver who witnessed the attack reported their motorbike numberplate to police. According to the driver, the pair drove up behind the victim and assaulted him as he cycled near the Athens Acropolis.

Greece's ultra-right party holds rally in survival struggle

ATHENS (Reuters) - About 1,000 supporters of Greece's Golden Dawn party gathered outside parliament on Saturday to protest against the pre-trial detention of their leader Nikolaos Mihaloliakos on charges of forming a criminal organization. Clad in black clothes, carrying torches and Greek flags, the ultra-right party's supporters shouted slogans such as "hands off Golden Dawn, don't jail nationalists" to the sound of Greek folk and marching songs.

Greek neo-Nazis see rise in voter support

Greek neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn has seen a jump in its approval rating despite the indictment of several of its members following the murder of an anti-fascist rapper, a poll showed Sunday. In the survey by Metron Analysis for the Ethnos daily, 6.7 percent of respondents said they would vote for Golden Dawn were elections to be held. After taking into account the 32.5 percent of respondents whose vote intentions are currently unclear, Metron Analysis said Golden Dawn would probably pick up 10 percent of the vote.
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