Greece Cuts Off State Funds to Golden Dawn Party
Wednesday, 23 October 2013
Greece’s parliament decided to cut off state funding to the far-right Golden Dawn party, seen by the government as a "neo-Nazi criminal gang", Reuters reported.
A legislative provision passed by 235 lawmakers in the 300-seat parliament suspends state funding to political parties if their leaders, or a tenth of their lawmakers, are charged with involvement in a "criminal organization" or "acts of terrorism", the news agency said.
Athens has earmarked 11 million euro for elected parties in 2013, including 873,000 euro ($1.20 million) for Golden Dawn.
Following the recent murder of 34-year-old Pavlos Fissas, prosecutors have launched an investigation into party lawmakers over a series of crimes. Golden Dawn's leader, Nikolaos Mihaloliakos, and two senior lawmakers have been put behind bars pending trial on charges of participation in a criminal group.