Sassoli under fire for unarrested Greek Nazi MEP

Giannis Lagos is a Greek MEP and former member of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party. Recently, a Greek court convicted him for being a leading member of a criminal organisation but before he is arrested, his immunity has to be waived. [EPA/ALEXANDROS VLACHOS]

EU lawmakers of the Greek communist party (KKE) have sent a letter to EU Parliament chief David Sassoli complaining about the “unjustified” delay to lift the immunity of a Greek MEP who has been convicted for having joined a criminal Nazi organisation.

“You have full political responsibility for this unacceptable delay for so many months by the competent Legal Affairs Committee to consider waiving its immunity,” the lawmakers said.

Giannis Lagos is a Greek MEP and former member of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party. Recently, a Greek court convicted him for being a leading member of a criminal organisation but before he is arrested, his immunity has to be waived.

The EU House’s Legal Affairs Committee convened last week but his case was not discussed, despite previous calls from the European Parliament to accelerate the process.

Reportedly, there are other cases that precede Lagos.

“Three whole months have passed since the final decision of the Greek court that condemned the Nazi criminal organisation Golden Dawn. All but two of its executives convicted of directing a criminal organisation have been jailed,” the letter reads.

The other convicted lawmaker who hasn’t been arrested is Christos Pappas. Greek media report that he has fled abroad, and all opposition parties have accused the Greek government for that. (Sarantis Michalopoulos | EURACTIV.com)

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