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Golden Dawn: Police Look for far-right Celebration member evading prison sentence

Greek authorities are looking for a major member of this far-right Golden Dawn celebration after he failed to turn himself in following his conviction.

Christos Pappas was among 39 people, including 13 former lawmakers, who had been sentenced to prison conditions on Thursday for conducting the neo-Nazi celebration as a criminal organization.

Of the people detained, 37 are being held in custody after turning themselves in after the court order Thursday.

They’re anticipated to be moved to prisons throughout the nation.

However, Pappas’ attorney, Periklis Stavrianakis, told Greek state broadcaster ERT his customer wasn’t surrendering because he believed his certainty could be quashed on appeal as well as his prison sentence.

Athens’ Criminal Court sentenced Pappas to 13 years in prison and appeals procedures in Greece may take a few decades.

Security forces have completed two failed searches in homes with links to Pappas.

Pappas had returned from police in 2013 when the leaders of this party were detained following Fyssas’ murder.

Lagos was the sole former lawmaker who didn’t appeal to get a suspended sentence, but fellow MEPs have called for him to be”excluded from all of the democratic procedures” from the European Parliament.

Leader of the Golden Dawn celebration, Giorgos Roupakias, has been sentenced to 13 years in prison on Wednesday, as well as a life sentence for the murder of an anti-fascist campaigner Pavlos Fyssas in 2013.

Thursday’s court verdict capped a marathon politically charged trial, which started in 2015 and contributed to the collapse of this neo-Nazi party.

A total of 57 celebration members and partners were detained on October 7, many for participation in violent strikes and engaging in a criminal business.

Golden Dawn had climbed to prominence throughout Greece’s fiscal crisis but failed to win any seats in last year’s parliamentary elections.