The Greek parliament has lifted the parliamentary immunity of three more members of the Golden Dawn party following the arrest of six other members of parliament on suspicion of belonging to a criminal organisation.
It opens the way for them to face similar charges to the other Golden Dawn members as the state prosecutor attempts to decapitate the extreme-right group that surged to third place in the last elections.
Parliament voted by a majority of more than two-thirds to lift immunity, but it was denounced as a “despicable plot” by the already-charged Golden Dawn spokesman Ilias Kassidiaris, who abstained along with his 17 colleagues.
Golden Dawn came under the spotlight after anti-racist rapper Pavlos Fyssas was stabbed to death by a party activist.
“With three of its political leaders already in jail and the lifting of parliamentary immunity for six more Golden Dawn MP’s, half the deputies of the extreme right wing party are now facing Greek justice. Yet in spite of he recent crackdown Golden Dawn still remains a headache for the mainstream parties as polls show that despite revelations over its illegal activities, it still ranks third in the voters preference,” says euronews’ Stamatis Giannisis.