ATHENS – With half of the 18 lawmakers from the ultra far-right Golden Dawn in detention while awaiting trial on charges of running a criminal gang, another has been ordered to serve house arrest.
Council of Appeals court judges ruled against putting Nikos Michos in jail with his peers after a disagreement between the two magistrates and the prosecutor investigating the party’s alleged criminal activities.
Magistrates Ioanna Klapa and Maria Dimitrakopoulou had ordered Michos to be placed in prison on additional charges of illegal weapons possession with the intent of supplying a criminal organization.
The decision was challenged by prosecutor Isidoros Dogiakos, who argued that Michos should be released but didn’t say why, given the gravity of the charges. The house arrest deal was a compromise, and one given Eleni Zaroulia, another Golden Dawn MP who is being charged.
She is the wife of party leader Nikos Michaloliakos, who’s been in detention almost 18 months and could be released unless brought to trial before that maximum period for holding suspects is reached.
Michos has been ordered to remain at home throughout the pretrial period and is allowed to leave his residence only to attend Parliamentary proceedings. It was not said if only his word is holding him or if he would be required to wear a monitoring anklet.