Lawyers say GD of­fenses go back to 1996

Doc­u­ment lists 90 cases, says crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity may even date to 1987

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A doc­u­ment sub­mit­ted to an Athens court yes­ter­day lists dozens of law­suits and con­vic­tions in­volv­ing mem­bers and sup­port­ers of ne­o­fas­cist Golden Dawn go­ing back to 1996, in­di­cat­ing that the party’s al­leged crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity started much ear­lier than 2008, as sug­gested by pros­e­cu­tor Isi­doros Doyi­akos, who has been han­dling an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into GD.

The doc­u­ment, signed by sev­eral lawyers in­clud­ing those rep­re­sent­ing an Egyp­tian fish­er­man as­saulted in June 2012 by GD mem­bers, was sub­mit­ted to the court as ju­di­cial of­fi­cials pre­pare to start a crim­i­nal trial against GD MPs and mem­bers.

Ac­cord­ing to the doc­u­ment, GD mem­bers of­ten op­er­ated in groups with dif­fer­ent names such as Pha­lanx, Golden Ea­gles and At­tack Squad. All at­tacks were planned in ad­vance, tar­geted small groups or in­di­vid­u­als, usu­ally im­mi­grants or left­ists, and most of the time were con­ducted in the pres­ence of a high­rank­ing GD of­fi­cial.

Five vic­tims of an at­tack in 1996 by sus­pected GD mem­bers in Fokionos Ne­gri Street in Kypseli, near cen­tral Athens, said the as­sault was well or­ga­nized. “We suf­fered a sud­den, vi­o­lent and un­pro­voked at­tack by a group of 15 men,” ac­cord­ing to a state­ment by mem­bers of the left­ist group who said the per­pe­tra­tors wielded wooden and metal clubs.

GD’s crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties are be­lieved to have be­gun even ear­lier, as far back as 1987, ac­cord­ing to the lawyers who com­piled the 223page doc­u­ment.

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