Jailed former Golden Dawn official intends to run for Athens mayor

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Jailed former Golden Dawn deputy leader, Ilias Kasidiaris, has said he intends to run for mayor of Athens in the October elections.

Kasidiaris’ lawyer, Vassiliki Pantazi, presented a statement by the former Golden Dawn official which said he intends to run with the political party, Free Athenians.

According to Ekathimerini, the Greek government is again prepping a new amendment to ban Kasidiaris from running for the mayorship of Athens. He was also banned from general elections in May 21 and June 25 this year.

Ilias Kasidiaris
Jailed former Golden Dawn deputy leader, Ilias Kasidiaris. Photo: Ekathimerini.

The Supreme Court banned his participation and Kasidiaris backed the far-right Spartiates (Spartans) party. The party secured 13 seats in the 300 member parliament with 4.7% of the votes.

Kasidiaris founded the Greeks Party after receiving a 13 year and 6 month prison sentence in 2020, convicted as a leading member of the extreme right party, Golden Dawn.

The Golden Dawn party, founded as a neo-Nazi group in the 1980s which later claimed to represent a broader nationalist ideology, was blamed for multiple attacks against migrants and left-wing political activists.

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