Christos Pappas was the last of the Golden Dawn cadres to still escape justice. He was sentenced to 13 years in prison in October.
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Greek police announced on Thursday (July 1st) the arrest of the number two of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party, Christos Pappas, on the run since being sentenced to more than 13 years in prison in October. About fifty members of Golden Dawn were then sentenced after a five-and-a-half-year marathon trial in Athens. They were prosecuted for forming a criminal organization, murder or illegal possession of weapons.
The man, considered one of the main ideologues of Golden Dawn, will be presented to a prosecutor on Friday, according to a police statement. The former owner of a furniture store, whose father helped Georgios Papadopoulos establish a dictatorship in 1967 in Greece, is an admirer of Benito Mussolini, the founder of the fascist regime in Italy.
Christos Pappas was the last of the Golden Dawn cadres to escape justice again, since Greek MEP Ioannis Lagos, sentenced to 13 years and eight months in prison for “leadership of a criminal organization”, had been extradited on May 15 from Belgium to Greece.
Created in the 1990s, Golden Dawn had enjoyed near impunity for a long time despite at least two murders and numerous acts of violence perpetrated against migrants, LGBT + people and left-wing activists. Its failure in the last legislative elections in 2019 as well as the condemnation of its leaders last October caused its explosion and resulted in the loss of most of its electorate.