ND minister denies contacts with GD’s no.2

Conservative Health Minister Adonis Georgiadis on Thursday denied any contacts with Golden Dawn lawmaker Christos Pappas.

“I have certainly never spoken to him. What Golden Dawn tried to do yesterday was to sling mud on everyone, [and it did so] for obvious political reasons,” Georgiadis said of Pappas who is currently in the capital’s high-security Korydallos Prison pending trial.

Pappas, the neo-Nazi party’s second-in-command, was on Wednesday addressing the Parliament during a debate on lifting his immunity on fresh charges. GD chief Nikos Michaloliakos and MP Yiannis Lagos also made their first appearance since they were jailed pending trial eight months ago.

During his address Wednesday, Pappas claimed that Georgiadis had told him that he would prefer his son “to become a GD supporter rather than a SYRIZA supporter.”

Greek MPs voted overwhelmingly in favor of expanding the criminal investigation into the party.