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Prosecutor advises judges to keep Golden Dawn leader, MPs in custody

A prosecutor on Thursday proposed that a judicial council reject an appeal by Golden Dawn leader Nikos Michaloliakos and another four MPs of the neofascist party, who are in prison pending trial for a string of criminal charges, to be granted release ahead of general elections on Sunday.

The prosecutor, Periklis Drakos, proposed that Michaloliakos, his second-in-command Christos Pappas, party spokesman Ilias Kasidiaris and fellow legislators Giorgos Germenis and Yiannis Lagos remain in custody.

Reacting, Michaloliakos said it was “inconceivable” that the leadership of the country’s third most popular political party should be in prison during a pre-election period.

GD ranks third in some opinion polls but has been overtaken by the centrist Potami in most.

A council is to make a final decision on the GD MPs’ appeals in due course.