Court seeks to lift immunity for 3 Golden Dawn MPs

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Lawmakers of the extreme far-right Golden Dawn from bottom to top, Giorgos Germenis, Artemios Matheopoulos, Ilias Kasidiaris, Ilias Panayiotaros, and Nikos Michos attend a blessing ceremony for the upcoming parliamentary season inside the parliament hall, in Athens, Monday, Oct. 7, 2013. Greek politicians arrived in Parliament on Monday for the religious ceremony, as Golden Dawn leader Nikos Michaloliakos and two more lawmakers remained jailed pending trial on charges of running a criminal organization. Kassidiaris, Panayiotaros and Michos face similar charges but have been released from police custody pending trial. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
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Lawmakers of the extreme far-right Golden Dawn from bottom to top, Giorgos Germenis, Artemios Matheopoulos, …

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's Parliament has been asked to lift the immunity from prosecution of three lawmakers from the extremist right-wing Golden Dawn party so they can face charges of participating in a criminal organization, as part of a crackdown on the party sparked by the fatal stabbing of a left-wing rap singer.

A prosecutor sent the request Monday after statements by protected witnesses indicated that legislators Giorgos Germenis, Panagiotis Iliopoulos and Stathis Boukouras were involved in military-style training of new party members or in obtaining weapons.

Boukouras appeared of his own accord at court offering to testify after hearing his name mentioned in news reports about the protected witnesses' testimony.

Three top Golden Dawn members, including party leader Nikos Michaloliakos, were remanded in jail last week pending trial.

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