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Convicted Golden Dawn member Patelis back to jail after Supreme Court decision

Convicted Golden Dawn member Giorgos Patelis will return to prison after Greece’s top court, the Supreme Court, agreed to reverse the decision of his early release.

A request to reverse the ruling issued by a five-member appeals court had been made by Deputy Supreme Court Prosecutor Haralambos Moysidis.

Patelis, 41, was arrested again on Tuesday night after he appeared at the Attica Security Police headquarters and will be returned to jail.

Giorgos Patelis who formerly headed the ultra-right party’s Nikaia branch of the far-right party was released earlier for “family reasons” as he has a child with special needs.

He had been sentenced to serve 10 years in prison for his role in the murder of rapper Pavlos Fyssas and for his participation in Golden Dawn, which was found to be a criminal organiation.

According to Moysidis, the ruling for his release “vaguely mentions that he will not commit other crimes” even though “he is an individual who, if released, is likely to commit further criminal acts.”

He also dismissed arguments that Patelis’ incarceration was deleterious to his family, noting that this was a natural outcome of imprisonment common to all convicts.

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