Golden Dawn trial resumes

The trial of Golden Dawn’s leadership and members resumed on Thursday at maximum security Korydallos Prison after it was adjourned on April 20 when it emerged that one of the 69 defendants did not have legal representation.

Golden Dawn chief Nikos Michaloliakos was one of several high-ranking members of the Neo-Nazi party who did not appear at the special courtroom on Thursday, while outside the prison gates dozens gathered to participate in an anti-fascist rally and pay tribute to rapper Pavlos Fyssas who was stabbed to death by Golden Dawn members Giorgos Roupakias in September 2013. The murder prompted a large-scale investigation into the activities of the party.

During Thursday’s proceedings the court was expected to hear demands by local authorities for the trial to be moved to another area. Legal teams and journalists following the trial were also expected to raise issues regarding the special courtroom’s facilities.

Meanwhile, a young man sustained light injuries on Thursday when he was allegedly attacked by a group of unknown assailants near the prison.

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