Large deposit, offshore firms in GD inquiry
Neo-Nazi MP Lagos claims savings are from sale of family home in 2007
An investigation into the bank accounts held by Golden Dawn politicians has revealed that one MP who claimed he had zero income and was unemployed had some 150,000 euros stashed away.
It emerged yesterday that Yiannis Lagos, one of six neo-Nazi party deputies in pretrial custody for being an alleged member of a criminal organization, was found to have 150,000 euros in cash.
His lawyer, Alexandros Alexiadis, insisted that there was nothing suspicious about this money. He told Kathimerini that it came from the sale of a house owned by his family on the island of Samos for around 200,000 euros in 2007. According to Alexiadis, Lagos’s father kept about 50,000 and the remainder was deposited in an account that the MP jointly holds with his mother. Golden Dawn published on its website the contract for the sale of the Samos property.
Lagos was one of four Golden Dawn MPs to declare that he had no income at all in 2011 when politicians filled in their origin of wealth, or “pothen esches,” forms, which were published on December 16.
However, the probe into Golden Dawn’s financial details ordered by prosecutors Ioanna Klapa and Maria Dimitropoulou also found that one party member appears to own three offshore firms. The individual in question works in the insurance business and was one of the party members linked to the murder of rapper Pavlos Fyssas when police traced mobile phone exchanges from that night.