Greek police on Thursday announced the arrest of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn Party’s number two, Christos Papas, from October. He has been on the run since being sentenced to 40 members of the Golden Dawn in October after a five-and-a-half-year marathon trial in Athens. They formed a criminal organization, killed or illegally possessed weapons.
Christos Papas, 59, was arrested at a shelter in the Greek capital’s Jogirafu district – where police believe he may have been detained by a woman who was arrested – a police source said.
The man, who is considered one of Golden Tone’s key ideologues, will be arraigned on Friday, police said in a statement. Greek MEP sentenced to 13 years and eight months in prison for “leading a criminal organization” Since Aionis Lagos was extradited from Belgium to Greece on May 15, he is still one of the last members of the party to escape justice. Eight months after his detention (in September 2013, pending trial).
Christophe Papas was also able to avoid arrest in 2013 after the Golden Dawn leaders killed anti-fascist rapper Pavlos Fisas, the criminal responsible for the downfall of this neo-Nazi organization. The party’s investigation, which began in 2015, is one of the most important in Greek political history.
At the height of the financial crisis in Greece in 2012, Golden Dawn was able to enter the Greek parliament, using the frustration of the Greeks and the contempt of the then traditional party New Democracy (right), the now-ruling Pasok (Socialist). It lost the last assembly elections in 2019 and exploded when its leaders were punished last October and lost its majority of voters.
The party, formed in the 1990s, has suffered at least two murders and a long period of impunity despite numerous acts of violence against immigrants, homosexuals and leftist activists. Its downfall began after the assassination of Paul Fizas and the accusation of members of its leadership and other senior executives. It lost the last assembly elections in 2019 and exploded when its leaders were punished last October and lost its majority of voters.