Deputies say GD of­fi­cial should stand trial for video

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A par­lia­men­tary com­mit­tee yes­ter­day voted in fa­vor of lifting the im­mu­nity of Golden Dawn spokesman Ilias Ka­sidiaris so that he can stand trial for se­cretly record­ing a video of a con­ver­sa­tion with for­mer cab­i­net sec­re­tary Panayi­o­tis Baltakos, a close aide to Prime Min­is­ter An­to­nis Sa­ma­ras. Ka­sidiaris, who is in At­tica’s high-se­cu­rity Ko­ry­dal­los Prison await­ing trial on a string of crim­i­nal charges re­lated to GD’s al­leged il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties, will face ad­di­tional charges of mak­ing and us­ing an il­le­gal record­ing if Par­lia­ment’s ple­nary ses­sion backs the com­mit­tee’s pro­posal on the Baltakos af­fair. The com­mit­tee mem­bers made their decision after vis­it­ing Ka­sidiaris at his prison cell as the GD spokesman had re­fused to re­quest a day re­lease to visit the panel in Par­lia­ment. Com­mit­tee pres­i­dent Chris­tos Markoyian­nakis said Ka­sidiaris ver­bally abused the del­e­ga­tion.

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