State prosecutor on Monday proposed that the sentences of those sentenced to more than 10 years in prison in the trial of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party be suspended pending appeal. Adamantia Oikonomou’s proposal excludes Giorgos Roupakias , the man who was convicted of the murder of musician Pavlos Fyssas.
The arguments presented were that the defendants, with the exception of Chief Nikos Michaloliakos, had no criminal record, complied with movement restrictions previously imposed on them and did not attempt to flee. If accepted by the court, the proposal means that Golden Dawn executives who have been found guilty of leading a criminal organization will not go to jail until their appeal is tried.
Following the prosecutor’s proposal, the court adjourned for half an hour so that defense lawyers could prepare their statements.