Fugitive Golden Dawn member and convict, Christos Pappas, arrested in the Zografos area

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A high ranking member of Greece’s extreme right-wing Golden Dawn party has been arrested in Athens, nearly nine months after he vanished before a court sentenced him to 13 years in prison.

Police said 59-year-old former golden dawn member Christos Pappas was arrested late Thursday and lived in an apartment in the suburb of Zographos registered under a different name.

Golden Dawn was founded as a Nazi-inspired organisation in the 1980s. A fringe group for years, it saw a rise in popularity during a 2010-2018 financial crisis that caused suffering for millions of Greeks.

Other former lawmakers and senior officials were jailed last October after a court ruled that it conducted as a criminal organisation.