Golden Dawn leader, MPs face magistrates on extra charges

Golden Dawn leader Nikos Michaloliakos, his second-in-command Christos Pappas and another MP, Yiannis Lagos, were transferred on Friday from Korydallos Prison, where they are in custody on charges of running a criminal organization, to defend themselves before the two magistrates leading a probe into the neofascist party on additional charges.

Michaloliakos and Lagos face charges of illegally possessing weapons and explosives while Pappas is charged with creating an illegal archive.

Golden Dawn supporters gathered outside the Athens Appeals Court complex on Friday morning to protest the detention of the party's leader and MPs and there were reports of some scuffles with police.

On Thursday GD’s spokesman Ilias Kasidiaris and another MP, Nikos Michos, were given extra time to prepare their defense on charges of illegal weapons possession. Michos is to answer to the charges next Wednesday and Kasidiaris on Thursday.