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Prosecutor’s report: Golden Dawn operated subject to Nazi Fuehrerprinzip

Golden Dawn operated as a criminal organization under the absolute supervision of its leader Nikos Michaloliakos in accordance with the Nazi Fuehrerprinzip dogma which dictates that all subordinates must be appointed by their superiors, according to a nine-page report compiled by Supreme Court deputy prosecutor Haralambos Vourliotis which found that the party sought supporters with martial arts skills and recruited young Greeks for its hit squads.

The report, sections of which were leaked to the Greek media, found that the party operated subject to a strict hierarchy, with orders being passed down from the leader to deputy leaders and subordinates.

Each local organization was led by a five-member committee headed by a «cell leader» who took decisions relating to local activities while a parallel five-member committee took in trainees and candidate members ahead of their official induction to the party, the report said.

Golden Dawn members, recruited for their martial arts skills, were appointed to train new recruits in various parts of Attica including Malakasa, Mandra and Salamina, the report said.

The report highlighted as “the most worrying phenomenon” the recruitment of young Greeks by the organization.

Although party members and supporters have been linked to a series of violent assaults on immigrants, the organization appointed migrants in some cases to sell various products, offering them protection and taking a cut of the profits, according to the leaked report. There were no details about the products being sold but police raids on Golden Dawn offices last week turned up boxes of contraband cigarettes.

The report did not rule out the participation of police officers in some of the activities of the organization but noted that further investigation was necessary to determine the nature of their involvement.

The Greek Police’s internal affairs department last week launched a probe into suspected links between Golden Dawn and police officers.