After another marathon plea in court last night, the investigative judge and prosecutor decided to order to detention of Golden Dawn leader Nikos Michaloliakos, along with the head of Golden Dawn’s Nikea offices Giorgos Patelis. Both men will remain at the Central Police HQ before it is decided in which prison they will remain in custody.
Nikos Michaloliakos, who was originally scheduled to appear in court at 15:30, was taken to the courts just before 19:30 and completed his plea at 1:30am on Thursday morning. A group of about 200 Golden Dawn members cheered as their leader was driven to the courts, while the recently-released Kasidiaris and Michos attempted to enter the courthouse and the Police turned them away.
The details of Mr. Michaloliakos’ plea are not yet known, however it appears that the ultra nationalist leader claimed he was sorry about Fyssas’ murder, is against violence, that he is not a Nazi and does not know if any Golden Dawn members had criminal attitudes. Golden Dawn’s second-in-command, Christos Pappas, is scheduled to appear in court today. The Golden Dawn leader is the fourth defendant to be detained so far, along with fellow MP Yannis Lagos, Nikea head Giorgos Patelis and Police Sergeant «Veta» who was stationed in Piraeus.