Large de­posit, off­shore firms in GD in­quiry

Neo-Nazi MP La­gos claims sav­ings are from sale of fam­ily home in 2007

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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.

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