Ioannis Lagos

Member of the European Parliament
for Greece
Assumed office
2 July 2019
Personal details
Born (1972-09-07) 7 September 1972 (age 48)
Piraeus, Greece
NationalityGreek
Political partyGolden Dawn (until 2019)
National Popular Consciousness (since 2019)

Ioannis (Giannis) Lagos (Greek: Ιωάννης (Γιάννης) Λαγός; born 7 September 1972) is a Greek politician and criminal currently serving as a Member of the European Parliament[1] and one of the founders of Greek neo-Nazi, neofascist political party and criminal organization Golden Dawn.[2]

On 7 October 2020 he was found guilty of running Golden Dawn, and a number of other serious offences, including orchestrating the fatal stabbing of Pavlos Fyssas and many violent attacks on migrants and left-wing political opponents.[3] Subsequently, he was sentenced to 13 years in jail. .[4]

Political career

He has served for a number of years as a member of the Hellenic Parliament for the criminal gang and neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn between 2012 and 2019, and was elected to the European Parliament on the party's ticket before announcing that he would sit as an independent a few days after being sworn in as an MEP on 2 July 2019.[5] He and other former Golden Dawn MPs and members founded a splinter party on 9 November 2019.[6]

Anti-Turkish notions

In January 2020, Lagos tore down the flag of Turkey during a speech at the European Parliament on illegal migration, accusing Turkey of sending illegal immigrants to Greece. The action received criticism from Turkish and Greek officials, including Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu[7] and the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs.[8] He was later penalised by the European Parliament for his actions.[9]

Criminal activities

His actions with Golden Dawn have twice led to his arrest and detention on charges of forming a criminal organization, while he is also allegedly involved in the murder of Pavlos Fyssas, which led to his conviction, along with many other members, on October 7, 2020 as one of the leaders of the criminal gang.[2]

On September 13, 2019, he was sentenced to another eight months in jail with suspension for the attack on the social space "Συνεργείο" in 2013[10] and an extra 13 years in October 2020 for leading a criminal organisation, resulting in a prison sentence of 13 years.[4]

On October 19, 2020 Greek authorities submitted a request to the European Parliament to have Giannis Lagos' parliamentary immunity lifted in order to prosecute him.[11] The immunity has been removed on April 27, 2021 opening to his extradition to Greece.[12]

References

  1. ^ "Ioannis LAGOS". Strasbourg: European Parliament. Retrieved 18 January 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Greece Golden Dawn: Neo-Nazi leaders guilty of running crime gang". BBC News. 7 October 2020. Retrieved 9 October 2020.
  3. ^ Stamouli, Nektaria (7 October 2020). "Greece's Golden Dawn leaders guilty of running a criminal gang". POLITICO. Retrieved 9 October 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Leader of neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party sentenced to 13 years prison". euronews. 14 October 2020. Retrieved 14 October 2020.
  5. ^ "Πόλεμος στην Χρυσή Αυγή! "Δώσε την έδρα σου" το μήνυμα στον Λαγό!". newsit.gr (in Greek). Athens. 13 July 2019. Retrieved 18 January 2020.
  6. ^ "Ε.ΛΑ.ΣΥΝ" (in Greek). Athens. Retrieved 18 January 2020.
  7. ^ Bir, Burak (30 January 2020). "Turkey slams tearing of its flag in European Parliament". Anadolu Agency. Retrieved 30 January 2020.
  8. ^ ANA. "Greek Foreign Ministry Condemns Lagos for Tearing a Turkish Flag in EU Parliament (Vid)". The National Herald. Retrieved 9 October 2020.
  9. ^ "Neo-Nazi MEP penalized for tearing up Turkish flag | Kathimerini". www.ekathimerini.com. Retrieved 9 October 2020.
  10. ^ ""Τους Αλλάξατε τα Λάδια;" - Η Επίθεση της Χρυσής Αυγής στο "Συνεργείο" Επιτέλους Δικάζεται". www.vice.com (in Greek). Retrieved 9 October 2020.
  11. ^ Newsroom. "Υπεβλήθη το αίτημα για άρση ασυλίας του Γ. Λαγού | Η ΚΑΘΗΜΕΡΙΝΗ". Retrieved 19 October 2020.
  12. ^ Newsroom. "Ioannis Lagos: Golden Dawn MEP facing jail after colleagues vote to remove his immunity". Retrieved 27 April 2021.