Parliament lifts immunity of six Golden Dawn MPs

Greek Parliament voted to lift the immunity of six ultranationalist Golden Dawn deputies on Wednesday. Immunity was lifted for Stathis Boukouras, Giorgos Germenis, Panayiotis Iliopoulos, Ilias Panayiotaros, Ilias Kasidiaris and Chrysovalantis Alexopoulos.

Taking part in the vote on Wednesday were 247 MPs, while Golden Dawn deputies abstained from the procedure. Those voting in favor of the motions ranged from 246 to 247.

Germenis, Iliopoulos and Boukouras face charges for participating and managing a criminal organization, while Panayiotaros faces charges of disrupting the peace. Kasidiaris is accused of rioting and Alexopoulos for establishing an illegal radion station.

Meanwhile three Golden Dawn MPs, party chief Nikos Michaloliakos, second-in-command Christos Pappas and Yiannis Lagos are in pre-trial custody in Korydallos Prison. All three are accused of participating in a criminal organization, among other charges.

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