Α former leading member of Greece’s neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party has been arrested in Belgium, hours after the European Parliament lifted his immunity, Greek police say.
A police source confirms to AFP that MEP Ioannis Lagos was arrested in Brussels under an international arrest warrant to serve a 13-year jail term in Greece. The Brussels public prosecutor’s office confirms that Lagos was taken into custody, declining to elaborate. The independent MEP earlier tweeted: “I am in a Belgian police car… being taken to jail.”
State news agency ANA says procedures are underway for Lagos’ extradition to Greece.
The 48-year-old former nightclub bouncer was convicted in October, along with other leaders and members of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party, on several charges, including running a criminal organization.