European Parliament expected to waive immunity of Neo-Nazi MEP Ioannis Lagos

The plenary session of the European Parliament is expected on Monday (26 April) to waive the immunity of Greek MEP Ioannis Lagos, who was convicted in October for directing the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party as a “criminal organisation”.

“Upon the request of the Greek authorities and after the vote in the responsible JURI committee, the European Parliament will vote on the lifting of MEP Lagos’ immunity during its plenary session on Monday evening, with the result being announced on Tuesday morning,” an EU Parliament spokesperson told EURACTIV.com.

Lagos was sentenced on 7th October to 13 years in prison for directing Golden Dawn, a far-right party which has been linked to a number of acts of political violence.

Taking advantage of his immunity as an MEP, he left Greece for Brussels on the day of the verdict to escape arrest.

His actions with Golden Dawn have twice led to his arrest and detention on charges of forming a criminal organization, while he is also allegedly involved in the murder of Pavlos Fyssas, which led to his conviction, along with many other members, on October 7, 2020 as one of the leaders of the criminal gang.

He has also been charged in the past with extortion, pandering, protection racket practices, illegal possession of weapons and others.

The EU spokesperson added that in case the EU House votes in favour of lifting the MEP’s immunity, the President David Sassoli will inform the Greek authorities about this outcome immediately.

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