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AG asks for time to study how to proceed on Elam

Attorney-general Giorgos Savvides

Attorney-general Giorgos Savvides asked for time on Friday to study how to proceed in relation to requests to investigate whether far-right party, Elam could be prosecuted after its affiliate neo Nazi outfit in Greece was declared a criminal organisation.

Savvides confirmed he has received letters from political parties asking the Legal Service to look into the possibility of Elam members committing crimes in Cyprus.

“We must have the necessary time to be able to carry out the correct actions, (and) receive the right information to decide how we must proceed, if we should proceed,” Savvides told reporters.

“When there are any developments you will be informed through my office’s press office,” he added.

On Wednesday, a Greek court declared Golden Dawn a criminal organisation following a lengthy trial launched after the murder of Pavlos Fyssas, a musician and rapper aligned to the political left in 2013.

Golden Dawn members, including its leader Nikos Mihaloliakos, were rounded up and authorities launched an inquiry into whether the group was a criminal organisation in parallel to the probe into Fyssas’s death.

Before the court ruled that the party leadership was running a criminal group on Wednesday, it found Golden Dawn supporter Yiorgos Roupakias guilty of Fyssas’s murder.

Prosecutors had charged 65 people, including 18 former Golden Dawn lawmakers, with being members of a criminal group.

Elam was quick to distance itself on Wednesday but in numerous occasions in the past the party had proudly declared its affiliation with the Golden Dawn.

Its chairman, Christos Christou, had also served as Mihaloliakos’ bodyguard in the past.

The difference in name is attributed to the Cypriot interior ministry’s refusal to register them under the name Golden Dawn.

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