Greece: Golden Dawn found guilty of running criminal organisation

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Greece: Golden Dawn found guilty of running criminal organisation

The Golden Dawn group, a self-proclaimed fascist entity with its origins in the 1980s, has been found guilty in several crimes by a court in Athens, including running a criminal organisation.

A panel of three judges at a court of appeals in the Greek capital delivered their verdicts on Wednesday, the conclusion of a five-and-a-half year trial.

Thousands of anti-racist protesters outside the courthouse celebrated as the verdict was announced. But shortly after the verdict was announced, police released tear gas and used water cannon on the protesters.

A total 68 had been on trial, including the entire Golden Dawn leadership, accused of four crimes.

As well as running a criminal organisation, another case involved Golden Dawn supporter Giorgos Roupakias who has confessed to murdering anti-fascist rapper Pavlos Fyass, or “Killah P”, stabbing the 34-year-old to death just after midnight on September 18, 2013, in Athens. Roupakias was found guilty.

Golden Dawn members were also accused of attempted murder of Communist trade unionists and their leader Sotiris Poulikogiannis the same month and attempted murder of Egyptian immigrant fisherman Abouzid Embarak in his home in June 2012.