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Golden Dawn’s No. 2 Pappas to get conditional release on March 29

Golden Dawn legislator Christos Pappas, the second-in-command to the leader of the neofascist party Nikos Michaloliakos, is to be given conditional release on March 29, according to a decision by a council of appeals court judges issued on Friday.

Pappas, who will have completed the 18-month maximum period of pre-trial detention at the end of this month, will be banned from leaving the country and obliged to hand over his passport to authorities. He must report regularly to his local police precinct as well as staying the night at his declared residence.

Similar council rulings are expected to be issued for Michaloliakos and another prominent MP Yiannis Lagos.

All Golden Dawn’s current and former MPs, as well as dozens of party members and supporters, are facing charges for organizing and leading a criminal organization. Their trial is to start on April 20.