Former Golden Dawn MP Ilias Kasidiaris was sworn in today as Athens Municipal councillor in handcuffs

Ilias Kasidiaris

Ilias Kasidiaris was sworn in as an Athens Municipal councillor on Friday morning.

The convicted former member of parliament of Golden Dawn, Ilias Kasidiaris, accompanied by a police force, joined the municipal hall of Athens to be sworn in as a municipal councillor.

Incarcerated in Korydallos prison, the former MP of Golden Dawn was sworn in today separately from the rest of the municipal council sworn in yesterday in the municipal market of Kypseli. His swearing-in was decided to be postponed for fear of incidents.

According to Proto Thema, the procedures prescribed by law will be followed after his swearing-in to remove him from office.

Ilias Kasidiaris

The background

It is recalled that yesterday, Thursday, the swearing-in of the new mayor of Athens, Haris Doukas, and the municipal council took place in the Municipal Market of Kypseli.

The convicted Kasidiaris, who has been elected to the city council, did not attend the swearing-in ceremony.

Kasidiaris had submitted a leave request from the prison where he was sentenced to 13 years and six months in jail for the case against Golden Dawn to attend the swearing-in ceremony, which was approved.  It was, however, decided to take the oath another day.

The announcements by anti-fascist organisations to hold a rally at the same time as the far-right supporters of Kasidiaris had organised a support event caused great concern for the safety of those attending the swearing-in ceremony.

Back in 2014, Kasidiaris, who was remanded in custody for the same case, was also present at the swearing-in of the then mayor of Athens, Giorgos Kamines, as a result of which incidents were caused. However, Kasidiaris is expected to be on leave anyway after the swearing-in, as he is convicted.

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