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Court sentences Golden Dawn MP for speech ‘inciting others to crimes’

A Misdemeanors Court in Athens sentenced far-right Golden Dawn MP Ilias Kasidiaris to six months imprisonment for inciting crime. The court found that a speech delivered by Kasidiaris  was inciting others to commit crimes.

Kasidiaris’s speech in Aspropyrgos in 2011, West Attica, was recorded and the video was uploaded on internet later. Among others, he said they should get rid of “human garbage”.

According to the prosecutor, Kasidiaris’ speech clearly incited citizens to take the law in their hands and use violence in specific districts of west Attica.

The MP denied charges claiming he urged citizens to defend their rights using legal means.

The 6-month prison sentence has been suspended for three years.

According to some information on social media, it was the Greek Helsinki Monitor that had filed a lawsuit against the MP for his racist reference to the Roma community.

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4 comments

  1. Martin Baldwin-Edwards

    Greek courts are very keen on handing out meaningless suspended sentences — in other words, pretending to do something about a problem while actually doing very little or nothing.

  2. Didn’t realise a criminal conviction is meaningless. Everyone else has very questionable “ politic immunity “ from charges in Greek politics except GD. I don’t agree with politic immunity at all, if anything polticians should be held more accountable for their actions. However it seems only certain people are above the law

  3. Ah a little bit further down the slippery slope. Anyone can say anything and it can be interpreted as having ‘incited’ someone else to commit a crime… so we can muzzle any voice we dont want to hear. what happened to freedom of speech? Isnt a man who commits a crime responsible for himself and his own crime? when they try to make speech a crime, the real offense is in the silencing (with threat of violence) any dissenting voices. No, the real criminals here are those who invented the idea that _speech_ can be a criminal act.

  4. Martin Baldwin-Edwards

    Incitement to racial or other violence — as a specific exception to freedom of speech — is a criminal offence in just about all civilised countries. The exception is the USA — which doesn’t count as part of civilisation any more anyway. It is up to the courts to decide if the spoken or written word was serious enough to result in a conviction.

    The Greek courts have a nasty habit of finding Nazi-types guilty of this crime and sentencing them to no punishment at all. Next, they’ll be convicting people of murder and warning them not to do it again — with a suspended prison sentence. It is a complete lack of respect for the rule of law by Greek judges.