As the Council of Appeals Court Judges on Friday ordered the release of Golden Dawn party chief Nikos Michaloliakos and MP and party secretary Yiannis Lagos, the anti-racism prosecutor launched a preliminary probe into whether the far-right party was inciting hatred by distributing leaflets calling for “illegal migrants to get out” and advertising a gathering on the issue.
Michaloliakos and Lagos were released from custody because the 18-month period during which suspects can be held pending trial expires next week. The Golden Dawn leader was ordered to remain under house arrest until the trial, scheduled for April 20. Lagos posted bail of 125,000 euros and was banned from leaving the country or attending any public gatherings.
Michaloliakos and Lagos were arrested in September 2013 in the wake of the murder of musician by a party supporter.