1st LD: Greek far-Right Golden Dawn party leaders found guilty of operating as criminal organization

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ATHENS, Oct. 7 (Xinhua) -- A Greek court ruled on Wednesday that the leadership and members of ultra-Right party Golden Dawn (GD-Chryssi Avghi in Greek), the third largest political party in the parliament until last year, are guilty of operating as a criminal organization, Greek national broadcaster ERT reported.

Presiding judge of the Athens Criminal Appeals Court Maria Lepeniotou announced that GD was running as a criminal gang, systematically attacking migrants and political opponents for years until the fatal stabbing of Pavlos Fyssas, a 34-year-old Greek anti-fascist activist musician, by Yorgos Roupakias, a GD supporter, at a Piraeus port suburb in autumn 2013.

The murder sent shockwaves across the country and triggered a judicial crackdown on Golden Dawn.

It is expected to take several hours to determine sentencing for the defendants, as 68 persons stood trial (one died during the process), including the party's leader and dozens of former MPs and leading members, as appeals for reduced terms will be made. Enditem

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