The Plenary Session of the European Parliament took a historic decision with the waiver of the immunity of MEP Ioannis Lagos, with the overwhelming result of 658 votes in favor of the waiver of immunity, 25 against and 10 abstentions in a total of 693 votes. Ioannis Lagos has been sentenced to 13 years and eight months in prison since October 7th, 2020 by a Greek court, by the Three-Member Criminal Court of Appeals of Athens, for his criminal activity in Greece, which concerns murders, grievous bodily harm, etc.This decision - a message of democracy throughout Europe and around the world - paves the way for the sentencing in Greek prisons of the convicted by the Greek Justice system, Ioannis Lagos, with the heaviest possible sentence imposed on the members of the Golden Dawn formation. Golden Dawn was elected as a “political party”, although today it is officially characterized as a criminal organization. This marks an end to a dark moment in the political history of Greece for a formation that managed to become the third political force in Greek Parliament in the midst of a period of imposed hard austerity and Memoranda.
Following the vote, the Greek Government, and in particular the competent authorities, must ensure that a European Arrest Warrant is issued in order for him to be arrested and extradited to Greece, in order to serve his sentence.
It should be noted, of course, that this vote, took place more than six months after the conviction of the neo-Nazi MEP in Greece It is worth reminding that, according to the official briefing of the President of the European Parliament, David Sassoli to the Vice President of the European Parliament Dimitris Papadimoulis, the main reason for this delay was that the official request from the Greek Government to Brussels was accompanied by a file of 2,000 pages, all in Greek, which of course, had to be translated by the services of the European Parliament.
The decision of the European Parliament is a challenge for the Greek Ministry of Citizen Protection and for the Greek government to speed up its investigations to locate the other wanted Golden Dawn Member, Christos Pappas, whose traces and were lost shortly before the decision was made - with the responsibility lying with the Greek public authorities.
SYRIZA – Progressive Alliance MEPs: