Greece

Greek Parliament Lifts Immunity For Members of Golden Dawn

Could be charged with being a member of a criminal organization

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The Greek parliament has lifted the parliamentary immunity of three more members of the Golden Dawn party following the arrest of six other members of parliament on suspicion of belonging to a criminal organisation.

It opens the way for them to face similar charges to the other Golden Dawn members as the state prosecutor attempts to decapitate the extreme-right group that surged to third place in the last elections.

Parliament voted by a majority of more than two-thirds to lift immunity, but it was denounced as a "despicable plot" by the already-charged Golden Dawn spokesman Ilias Kassidiaris, who abstained along with his 17 colleagues.