Following the release of the Golden Dawn leader Nikos Mihaloliakos a week ago, Christos Pappas, a key deputy of the neo-fascist party, walked out of Korydallos prison today cheered on by a small crowd of supporters.
Both Pappas and Michalolaikos had been imprisoned pending the trial of the leadership of Golden Dawn on charges of establishing and operating a criminal organization. Tens of top ranking members stand accused in the large and complex trial.
However both Michaloliakos and Pappas have been held in pre-trial custody for close to the 18 month limit established by Greek law, and earlier this month a court ordered they be released subject to conditions restricting their movements.
Michaloliakos is under effective house arrest while Pappas – considered to be the number 2 of the organization – is prohibited from leaving the region of Attica, must spend the night in his home and must regularly check in with police.
Emerging from prison Pappas told reporters that ‘the truth will shine, Golden Dawn will be vindicated.”
Golden Dawn is accused by prosecutors of establishing para-military wings with the aim of subverting democracy and perpetrating violent and murderous attacks on immigrants and opponents with the full knowledge of the organization’s leadership.