ATHENS – As a trial looms for the leaders and scores of Golden Dawn members on charges of running a criminal gang, its second-in-command has been released from detention.
Some 70 people in the ultra far-right super-nationalist extremist party are going to trial on April 20 but Pappas – as was the party leader Nikos Michaloliakos – had to be cut loose because his 18 months pre-trial detention period had expired.
A Council of Appeals Court judges ordered him to stay in the country and to stay at home at night and report to his local police station three times a month.
Residents in the area of the high-security Kordyallos Prison, where Golden Dawn leaders are being kept, are upset the trial could be held in a special court thre.
Speaking in Parliament on March 30, Justice Minister Nikos Paraskevopoulos said that the state was “unprepared in terms of infrastructure” and that the trial will start at Korydallos.
The option of moving the trial to a different venue will be discussed if the issue arises when it begins, he said.