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Greek neo-Nazis get prison leave to take council posts

Published on Aug 30, 2014 1:12 AM
 
Golden Dawn extreme right party spokesman Ilias Kasidiaris (centre), flanked by plain-clothes police, attends a swearing-in ceremony of the Athens city hall on August 29, 2014. A major security operation took place in Athens on Friday to enable the prominent neo-Nazi politician jailed on crime charges to accept a seat on the city council. -- PHOTO: AFP

ATHENS (AFP) - A major security operation took place in Athens on Friday to enable a prominent neo-Nazi politician jailed on crime charges to accept a seat on the city council.

Ilias Kassidiaris, spokesman of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party, was transported under heavy police guard from Korydallos prison to the swearing-in ceremony of the Athens city hall.

"We wanted to put the thieves in prison, but they beat us to it. It's okay, Greece always wins in the end," Kassidiaris told reporters on his way into the ceremony.

He took his oath and returned to prison.

 
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