Pa­tra of­fi­cial who de­nied GD a plat­form vin­di­cated

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A mis­de­meanors court in Pa­tra yes­ter­day cleared the lo­cal mayor, Costas Pele­tidis, of charges of dere­lic­tion of duty that were lodged against him by Michalis Ar­vani­tis, a former can­di­date for neo-Nazi Golden Dawn, in 2015 af­ter Pele­tidis de­nied Ar­vani­tis the right to use a mu­nic­i­pal venue to stage a pre­elec­tion cam­paign. The de­ci­sion to clear Peli­tidis was greeted by cheers both in­side the court­room and by a large crowd of sup­port­ers who had gath­ered out­side to await the news. Ear­lier this month Pele­tidis struck a de­fi­ant tone, declar­ing that the Pa­tra mu­nic­i­pal au­thor­ity would “con­tinue its fight to stop Golden Dawn from pass­ing on its ide­ol­ogy, pro­pa­ganda and racist poi­son.”

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