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Greece bans offshoot of neo-Nazi party from May 21 election

Lawmaker of the extreme far-right Golden Dawn party Ilias Kasidiaris, center, is escorted by anti-terror police to a court for a preliminary hearing to face charges of participating in a criminal organization in Athens, October 1, 2013. (Thanassis Stavrakis/AP)
Lawmaker of the extreme far-right Golden Dawn party Ilias Kasidiaris, center, is escorted by anti-terror police to a court for a preliminary hearing to face charges of participating in a criminal organization in Athens, October 1, 2013. (Thanassis Stavrakis/AP)

Greece’s Supreme Court has banned a party linked to the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn group from contesting the May 21 general election, a legal source says.

The far-right Hellenes party of Ilias Kasidiaris, a convicted leader of the now disbanded Golden Dawn party, will not be able to field candidates, the court rules.

The small nationalist party Hellenes was formed in 2020 by Kasidiaris, a former spokesman and lawmaker of Golden Dawn, a few months before he was sent to prison.

Kasidiaris was among several top Golden Dawn members handed heavy prison sentences in October 2020 by a court that labeled the neo-Nazi party a criminal organization.

But this has not stopped him from preaching to his supporters through voice messages from prison and running a YouTube channel with more than 120,000 followers.

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