The European Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee approved a draft recommendation on Thursday that will lift immunity of convicted far-right , former Golden Dawn, MEP Ioannis Lagos.
In favor of lifting immunity voted 22 and 2 against.
For the issue of punishment for the Turkish flag copy Lagos teared apart 23 voted in favor and 1 ‘blank’.
The final decision will be taken with a vote in the European Parliament’s plenary session next week.
Lagos was sentenced to 13 years in prison by a Greek appeals court in October 2020 for his membership in neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn, ruled to be a criminal organization.
Unlike other leading members of the organization who are currently serving similar sentences, Lagos – who became independent MEP- could not be jailed due to his immunity as an MEP.
Next to Lagos, another convicted Golden Dawn member, Number 2 in the organization, Christos Pappas is still fugitive.