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Suspected Greek far-rightist jailed for stabbing teenager

05 june 2014, 13:04

A Greek court on Wednesday sentenced a suspected activist of the far-right Golden Dawn party to 10 years in prison for stabbing a high-school student, AFP reports citing judicial officials.

The 23-year-old defendant immediately appealed and denied any links to the party, whose detained leader on Wednesday lost his parliamentary immunity.

The 17-year-old student suffered several stab wounds in the January 2013 attack near his school in Athens' southern residential Paleo Faliro suburb.

Golden Dawn members are suspected of having carried out several such attacks and at least two killings over the last two years.

Lawmakers on Wednesday also voted to lift the parliamentary immunity of the group's leader and two of his deputies.

Greek prosecutors had asked for the measure after criminal proceedings were launched against the three men for "carrying an illegal weapon".

Legal authorities launched a clampdown on Golden Dawn after the murder of an anti-fascist musician in September.

Charges were brought against most Golden Dawn MPs, and six of them including party leader Nikolaos Michaloliakos were detained.

The party won 18 seats in parliament in 2012 general elections and will send three deputies to the European parliament after May 25 polls.

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