Christos Pappas is a Member of the Greek Parliament and the reported deputy leader of Golden Dawn.Greece Releases Golden Dawn Leader Nikos Michaloliakos From Jail, Wall Street Journal, March 20, 2015, http://www.wsj.com/articles/greece-to-release-golden-dawn-leader-nikos-michaloliakos-from-jail-1426866104.
Pappas was allegedly recorded on tape teaching a group of children to chant “Heil Hitler.” The video is one of four that Greek prosecutors have reportedly included in the case against him and other Golden Dawn members who are all facing charges of forming and directing a criminal organization.“Video shows Golden Dawn No 2 teaching children to chant ‘Heil Hitler!’,” Hope not Hate, September 23, 2014, http://www.hopenothate.org.uk/news/world/article/2134/video-shows-golden-dawn-no-2-teaching-children-to-chant-heil-hitler.
In October 2014, Golden Dawn leadership was required to face criminal trial, and Golden Dawn’s leadership was put into pre-trial custody.Helena Smith, “Greek prosecutor orders all Golden Dawn MPs to face criminal trial,” Guardian, October 16, 2014, http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/oct/16/greece-golden-dawn-mps-tried-criminal-offences. In January 2015, Pappas was re-elected to the Greek Parliament, while still in custody.“Leaders of Greece's far-right Golden Dawn party to stand trial on April 20,” Reuters, March 9, 2015, http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/03/09/us-greece-politics-goldendawn-idUSKBN0M51MG20150309. In March 2015, Pappas was released from pre-trial custody in accordance with a Greek law that pre-trial detention cannot exceed 18 months. As part of the terms for his release, Pappas is prohibited from leaving the region of Attica. He must spend nights at his home and check in regularly with the police.“Greece Releases Golden Dawn Leader Nikos Michaloliakos From Jail,” Wall Street Journal, March 20, 2015, http://www.wsj.com/articles/greece-to-release-golden-dawn-leader-nikos-michaloliakos-from-jail-1426866104; “Golden Dawn deputy Christos Pappas released from prison,” Times of Change, March 29, 2015, http://www.thetoc.gr/eng/politics/article/golden-dawn-deputy-christos-pappas-released-from-prison.
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Pappas, along with other members of Golden Dawn, is charged with being a member of a criminal organization and is awaiting trail.“Leaders of Greece's far-right Golden Dawn party to stand trial on April 20,” Reuters, March 9, 2015, http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/03/09/us-greece-politics-goldendawn-idUSKBN0M51MG20150309.
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