Greek police on Thursday announced the arrest of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn Party’s number two, Christos Papas, from October. He has been on the run since being sentenced to 40 members of the Golden Dawn in October after a five-and-a-half-year marathon trial in Athens. They formed a criminal organization that carried out murders and illegally possessed weapons.
Christos Pappas, 59, was arrested at a shelter in the Greek capital, Jogirafo district, where police believe he may have been detained by a woman who was arrested – a police source said.
The man, who is considered one of Golden Tone’s key ideologues, will be arraigned on Friday, police said in a statement. Greek MEP sentenced to 13 years and eight months in prison for “leading a criminal organization” Since Aionis Lagos was extradited from Belgium to Greece on May 15, he is still the last of the party’s executives to escape justice. Eight months after his detention (in September 2013, pending trial).
Christos Papas was also arrested in 2013 after the Golden Dawn leaders killed the anti-fascist rapper Pavlos Fisas, the criminal responsible for the downfall of the neo-Nazi organization. The party’s investigation, which began in 2015, is one of the most important in Greek political history.
At the height of the financial crisis in Greece in 2012, Golden Dawn was able to enter the Greek parliament, frustrated by the Greeks and the traditional parties New Democracy (right), which is now in power, the Passover (Socialist). It lost the last assembly elections in 2019 and exploded when its leaders were punished last October and lost its majority of voters.
The party, formed in the 1990s, has suffered at least two murders and a long period of impunity despite numerous acts of violence against immigrants, homosexuals and leftist activists. Its downfall began after the assassination of Paul Fizas and the accusation of members of its leadership and other key executives. It lost the last assembly elections in 2019 and exploded when its leaders were punished last October and lost its majority of voters.