Ex-GD deputy released from custody, can vote in presidential ballot

Former Golden Dawn MP Stathis Boukouras has been released from pre-trial custody following a ruling by the council of appeals judges.

Boukouras, who now stands as an independent in Parliament, was on Wednesday ordered by judges to post 10,000 euros in bail and was banned from leaving the country.

He is expected to take part in the first round of Presidential elections later Wednesday.

Golden Dawn members that have been in prison for almost a year are also expected to be present at the Parliament.

“In a unanimous decision the council of appeals judges ruled against extending Boukouras’s pre-trial detention on the grounds that, following his departure from the party of Golden Dawn, he is no longer suspected of committing new crimes. This is a first vindication in the struggle to prove his innocence,” Boukouras’s lawyer Vasso Pantazi said Wednesday.

The trial of Golden Dawn MPs and members is expected to start in early 2015.