MPs to mull lifting immunity of Independent Greeks leader

An appeal by judicial authorities in Thessaloniki for the immunity of Independent Greeks’ leader Panos Kammenos to be lifted so that he can face trial for incitement to violence was submitted in Parliament on Wednesday.

The appeal relates to an incident last month at the Thessaloniki International Fair when the leader of the right-wing anti-bailout party was captured on video suggesting that residents of nearby Halkidiki should “lynch” the mayor of the municipality of Aristoteli, Christos Pachtas, for backing gold mining in Skouries.

“Pachtas should not be able to walk freely. You should lynch him,” Kammenos told Halkidiki residents protesting the gold mine operation in comments captured on video.