ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A lawmaker from Greece's extreme right Golden Dawn party has been cleared in court of complicity in an assault and robbery, after he was stripped of his parliamentary immunity to stand trial.
The court Thursday found no evidence that lawmaker Ilias Kasidiaris assisted a 2007 assault and robbery of an Athens student. Several hundred Golden Dawn supporters gathered at the court building. The 32-year-old lawmaker said he wanted to "rub the court decision in the faces" of news media executives who had broadcast the allegations against him.
Eighteen Golden Dawn members were elected to the 300-seat parliament in June general elections, after mounting an aggressive campaign against illegal immigration. Kasidiaris once described illegal immigrants as "subhuman," while other prominent party members have in the past expressed admiration for Adolf Hitler.