Evidence builds against Golden Dawn

Eavesdropping recordings may implicate three party MPs

Golden Dawn leader leaves question open on whether he will pull his party out of parliament, a move which would trigger byelections in a number of constituences

Golden Dawn leader Nikos Michaloliakos Golden Dawn leader Nikos Michaloliakos Evidence incriminating at least three sitting MPs of Golden Dawn has emerged in an investigation being carried out by a Supreme Court prosecutor into illegal activities carried out by members of the neonazi party.

As reported by the local media, evidence that the MPs are involved in unlawful activity arises from information – including from recordings of telephone conversations made by hundreds of Golden Dawn officials – provided by the National Intelligence Service (EYP) to deputy Supreme Court prosecutor Haralambos Vourliotis, who was handed 32 case files of incidents involving Golden Dawn members of the party earlier this week.

Some of these recordings were made shortly before the murder of Pavlos Flyssas, Eleftherotypia reported on Thursday. According to the daily, the transcript of the recordings could show that the murderer received an order to assassinate Fyssas, and the source of the order may have been a Golden Dawn MP.

The information also contains evidence of links between Golden Dawn officials and underworld and criminal figures.

Golden Dawn reacts

Golden Dawn's leader on Thursday lashed out at the judicial and political focus on his party, stating that party was was leaving the option open on whether its 18 MPs would resign en masse from parliament.

Speaking outside parliament building, Nikos Michaloliakos said that Golden Dawn would "exhaust every means to defend its political honour".

"Everything is open," he said, responding to queries on whether his MPs would resign.

If the party's 18 MPs resigned, byelections would be held in the constituencies where they were elected in the June 2012 election. As other parties would contest those byelections, it is doubtful whether any Golden Dawn MPs could top the poll. 

"If the country enters a destabilisation spiral, Golden Dawn will not be guilty but those who demonise Golden Dawn and beat it in such a dirty and illegal manner," he said.

He concluded: "Golden Dawn is a legitimate political movement whose accent has displeased those who looted the toil of the Greek people for decades, those who are selling out our country today piece for piece. The criminals and the criminal gang are the ones who bankrupted the country and ceded our sovereignty."

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