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Greek court grants jailed neo-Nazi ex-MP conditional release

A Greek court orders a prison to free a former MP from the Golden Dawn neo-Nazi party to allow him better access to cancer care, but says he must report regularly to the police.

Nikos Michos, a former senior cadre, was among dozens of Golden Dawn top members and followers sentenced to prison in October 2020 at a high-publicity trial following a five-year investigation sparked by the murder of an anti-fascist rapper.

An appeals court rules that Michos, serving a six-year sentence for belonging to a “criminal organization,” should be given leave from Domokos prison on health grounds.

The court says Michos’s release is contingent on him remaining on Greek territory and checking in at a police station twice a month.

Michos’s lawyer says the former neo-Nazi deputy could not access the necessary medical check-ups or treatment in jail.

Golden Dawn, a xenophobic and anti-Semitic organization, existed on the fringes of Greek politics until the country’s 2010 debt crisis.

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