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Greece seeks criminal charges for 9 far-right MPs

Updated Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 | 3:42 a.m.

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek judges have asked Parliament to allow the prosecution of another nine lawmakers from the Nazi-inspired Golden Dawn party, which is being investigated for alleged criminal activities.

Approval of the request would mean that all 18 of the party's lawmakers face charges of running a criminal group. Greek Parliamentarians enjoy immunity from prosecution, which can only be lifted by a parliamentary vote.

So far, nine Golden Dawn MPs have been prosecuted, six of whom — including leader Nikos Mihaloliakos — were jailed pending trial. Prosecutors are waiting for the parliamentary vote so they could proceed against the other nine.

The crackdown on the extreme right-wing party started after last year's fatal stabbing of an anti-fascist musician by a Golden Dawn supporter in Athens.