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Greek court receives a 700-page legal document listing the group's alleged criminal activities, including murder.

A Greek public prosecutor has recommended that 70 members of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn movement, including 18 people elected to the country's parliament in 2012, stand trial, according to a legal source.

Prosecutor Isidoris Dogiakos's 700-page legal document, released on Thursday, alleged Golden Dawn involvement in the high-profile murder of anti-facist rapper Pavlos Fyssas and attacks on members of the communist party and immigrant Pakistani workers in Crete.

The prosecutor's report will now be studied by three judges and a decision on a possible trial is expected within the next two months.

On Thursday, Greece's justice minister Haralambos Athanasiou said "those who will be judged will receive a fair trial", amid claims by Golden Dawn supporters that the report is politically motivated.

Among those who Dogiakos recommends to face trial is the Golden Dawn leader, Nikos Michaloliakos, who was arrested after the killing of Fyssas in September 2013 and has been held in jail ever since.

Dogiakos's year-long investigation began after the murder of Fyssas, a crime which shocked Greece and forced authorities to crack down on Golden Dawn after years of mounting concern about the party's actions.

Founded in the 1980s, the openly xenophobic and anti-Jewish Golden Dawn was for years a semi-clandestine group on the fringes of Greek politics.

But in 2012 the party exploited widespread anger over immigration and austerity reforms prompted by Greece's financial crisis to take 18 seats in parliament.

Dogiakos, in his document, said that a political party which seeks to "achieve its objectives through the use of physical force or weapons is not legal".

Greek police 'ill-equipped'
Greece has witnessed an uptick in xenophobic attacks in recent years. The UN-affiliated Racist Violence Recording Network documented 166 incidents of racist violence across Greece in 2013, resulting in at least 320 victims. The majority of the violent acts were carried out against immigrants or refugees, while 22 attacks targeted members of the LGBT community, and one was against a human rights worker.
HRW reported that Greek police were "ill-equipped or ill-disposed to investigate reports of racist violence", and discouraged victims from filing official complaints. Speaking to HRW, Afghan refugee Mahmoud said he did not file a police report after an attack in Athens injured his wife, Maria.
"Go to the police? Is that a joke? If you go to the police they tell you to go fight yourself," said Mahmoud.
If applied correctly, the law could reform the Greek authorities' disinclination to investigate racist motives for crimes, said Dimitris Christopoulos, associate professor in the department of political science and history at Panteion University.
"For the Greek policemen, a case where a man has been beaten for racist reasons is equivalent to a case where a man has been beaten because he was driving drunk in the streets, or had a dispute over a football match, or so on. The police never asked about the racist motivation," Christopoulos told Al Jazeera.
"That is something we will not change with a law … Of course, such a law can be in the good direction, but we need to take care, very seriously, about possible applications of the law which violate freedom of expression."
Curbing freedom of speech?  ???

Human rights groups have pointed to the legislation's vague phrasing, and banning of racist speech and membership in groups that engage in inciting hatred, discrimination and violence, as potentially opening the door to violations of freedom of speech and association.
"These provisions … raise concerns about undue interference in freedom of expression. Speech should not be criminalised, except if it's direct incitement to violence," Cosse said.
When asked to comment, the Ministry of Justice referred Al Jazeera to a government website outlining the law's contents and parliamentary processes involved in amending it.
The measures are believed to target Greece's far-right, including the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party, the third-largest in parliament. Golden Dawn leaders, including party head Nikos Michaloliakos, are facing criminal charges for suspected membership in a criminal organisation.
"One reason that the Golden Dawn party is so [popular] is the economic crisis. The reality of everyday life does not help people to think otherwise. An economic crisis is not a good framework to develop anti-racist policies," said Theodoidis Athanasios, a legal analyst for Greece in the European Network of Legal Experts in the non-discrimination field .
Athanasios told Al Jazeera while the new law may curb racist violence, the problem runs much deeper.  :-X

I say, "NO SHIT!!!"  :D

Pic #2 indicates the calm before the the Fan Impacts with the Cosmic Shitball... Boy do I see a storm  :'(

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