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Greek Court to Announce Sentences in Landmark Golden Dawn Trial

Sentences for the Golden Dawn members are expected to be handed down on Thursday. Credit: AMNA

The sentences that will be imposed on all those found guilty in the Golden Dawn trial are due to be announced by the Athens Court of Appeals on Thursday.
Upon the announcement of the sentences, many of those convicted may end their day in prison as the court must also decide whether or not their sentences should be suspended.
The court is expected to go into session at 12:30, starting with the recommendations of the prosecutor on the bench, Adamantia Economou, regarding which mitigating circumstances should or should not be admitted in imposing the sentences.
For Giorgos Roupakias, who carried out the murder of Pavlos Fyssas, this process will determine whether he will face life imprisonment or just 15 years in jail.
The seven leadership figures of Golden Dawn, who were found guilty of running what was essentially a criminal organization disguised as a political party, the sentences will range from a maximum of 15 years in prison to much lower sentences of as little as two years, depending on what mitigating circumstances are taken into consideration.
In the case of those found guilty only of participating in a criminal organization, mitigating circumstances could lower a sentence of five to 10 years to between one and five years.
The process on Thursday is expected to be shorter, with a brief second statement by the lawyers for the defense after the prosecutor’s recommendations have been presented. The court will then announce its decision concerning the mitigating circumstances and proceed with sentencing.
Once the sentences have been announced, the court has a right to demand that any defendants who are not present be brought before the bench.
Source: AMNA

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