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European Parliament lifts immunity of ultra-right lawmaker

European Parliament lifts immunity of ultra-right lawmaker

Brussels, Apr 27 (Prensa Latina) The European Parliament (EP) on Tuesday approved to strip Greek ultra-right lawmaker Ioannis Lagos, sentenced to 13 years in prison in Greece, of his legislative immunity.
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Lagos, who was accused of leading a criminal organization, was removed from his parliamentary protection, after the EP voted 658-24, with 10 abstentions, according to Brussels’ television.

The Belgian Government will pave the way to extradite Lagos to Greece. He has been living in the Belgian capital, Brussels, since he and 17 other members of the ultra-right wing Golden Dawn party were convicted.

Although Golden Dawn was founded as a neo-fascist group in the 1980s, it was not until the 2008 financial crisis that it had some popularity, which even allowed it to win seats in the Greek Parliament between 2012 and 2019.

The five-year trial of the members of the extremist party began in 2013 and was related to their involvement in the murder that year of left-wing rapper Pavlos Fyssas.

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