9th Greek far-right lawmaker jailed pending trial

AP News
Posted: Jul 10, 2014 9:24 AM

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek judges have jailed a ninth lawmaker in connection with a criminal investigation into Nazi-inspired Golden Dawn — the country's third most popular party.

Ilias Kassidiaris, a prominent Golden Dawn lawmaker, faces illegal firearms charges that, if proved in court, carry a maximum 20-year prison sentence.

Authorities found two shotguns in his house near Athens, and claim Kassidiaris illegally modified them and planned to supply them for use in criminal acts by Golden Dawn members.

Kassidiaris rejected the charges as "a joke," arguing Thursday that the guns carry legal documentation.

He was earlier charged with running a criminal organization. Half of the 18 lawmakers elected with Golden Dawn in 2012 have now been jailed pending trial, including leader Nikos Michaloliakos.

No trial date has been set.