ATHENS – With a November court date looming, Greek authorities are preparing their case that the political party Golden Dawn is a criminal gang.
The Golden Dawn case file is being forwarded to the public prosecutor who will recommend to judges what charges the 78 suspects identified in the probe should face.
Magistrates Ioanna Klapa and Maria Dimitropoulou have completed their investigation and forwarded the details to prosecutor Isidiros Dogiakos who will examine the case file before making his proposal to a council of appeal court judges.
The judges will decide what charges the suspects, including 18 MPs elected to represent Golden Dawn in Parliament, will face in court.
The case file includes more than 200 statements from witnesses, some of whom have been placed under protection. Thirty of the suspects, including Golden Dawn leader Nikos Michaloliakos, are in pre-trial custody.
It had earlier been reported that prosecutors had compiled some 10,000 pages of evidence as well as digital and photo files to be used against the party’s hierarchy, which has denied any wrongdoing and said the government is conducting political persecution.