Golden Dawn case to be tried by High appeals court on June 15

Verdict in the Golden Dawn trial due on October 7

It was announced on Friday that the case against the outlawed Far Right Golden Dawn criminal organisation, formerly a political party, will be tried at a higher Appeals Court on June 15.

On October 7, 2020, a lower Appeals Court ruled that Golden Dawn - which had been elected to Greek Parliament - was run as a criminal organisation.

Thirty-nine high-ranking members including MPs and party founder were sentenced to jail, out of a total of 52 people who received various other sentences.

The first trial had opened on April 20, 2015 and concluded on October 22 of the same year.

The leadership of Golden Dawn was sentenced to 13 years in prison on October 2020, imposing the near-maximum penalty for running a criminal organisation blamed for numerous violent hate crimes.

Eleven other former parliament members were jailed for between five and seven years for membership of a criminal organisation, while a party associate was given a life sentence for the murder of Greek rap singer Pavlos Fyssas in 2013.

This attack triggered the crackdown against the party.

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