Convicted leader of Greek far-right Golden Dawn party released on parole

The convicted leader and founder of Greece's far-right Golden Dawn party, Nikos Mihaloliakos, has been released from prison on parole, a Greek police source and state television ERT said on Thursday.

Publication: 02.05.2024 - 16:49
Convicted leader of Greek far-right Golden Dawn party released on parole
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Mihaloliakos, 66, and other members of Golden Dawn were sentenced in 2020 for running a criminal gang linked to hate crimes during the country's economic crisis.

Mihaloliakos, who was serving a 13-year sentence in a prison in the Greek countryside, had been temporarily treated in hospital in recent months before returning to prison, the police source said, adding that Mihaloliakos has been at home since Wednesday.

The restrictions include a ban on travelling outside the greater Athens area and an obligation to regularly check in with a police station near his house, the semi-state Athens News Agency reported.

Mihaloliakos' request for parole was approved by a board of judges, who took into account his prison labour and his health issues, an official at Greece's citizen protection ministry told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

Golden Dawn entered the Greek parliament in 2012 at the peak of Greece's debt crisis, seizing on public anger over painful austerity. The party, however, failed to win a single parliamentary seat in 2019 elections that brought the conservative New Democracy party to power.

Before last year's national election, Greece passed a law amendment to prevent political parties such as Golden Dawn from running as candidates.

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