Three of the senior members of the far-right Golden Dawn party arrested on Saturday for belonging to a criminal organisation have been released on bail pending trial, while MP Yannis Lagos has been remanded in custody.
All four denied the charges against them in a marathon 18-hour plea session. The bailed men have been ordered to stay in Greece.
Leaving court one of accused demanded the waiting press “eat for breakfast” their accusers, calling them liers and urging for them to be exposed.
Another of the bailed men showed he was less tolerant of the press, barging a cameraman out of the way. While another was kicked as the Golden Dawn leaders made their way to a waiting taxi.
Their leader is due to appear in court later on Wednesday to answer similar charges.
“There is a lot of scepticism in the Greek Parliament over the prosecutor’s decision, to free the three Golden Dawn MPs. The Greek government insists that the judicial investigation is continuing and justice should complete the investigation first, before we jump to conclusions,” says euronews’ Nikoletta Kritikou in Athens.