Golden Dawn leader Nikolaos Michaloliakos arrested 

Golden Dawn leader Nikolaos Michaloliakos arrested
Greek anti-terror police hold leader and senior members of far-right party on charges of forming a criminal organisation
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Helena Smith in Athens
theguardian.com, Saturday 28 September 2013 13.28 BST

Greek police have mounted an unprecedented crackdown on the neo-fascist Golden Dawn party, arresting its leader, three MPs, and more than a dozen other key members.

As the prime minister, Antonis Samaras, held emergency talks on Saturday with his public order and justice ministers, Nikos Michaloliakos, the extremist organisation's enigmatic founder, was being held by counter-terror officers after a carefully orchestrated operation that began in the early hours of the morning.

The arrested officials will appear in court over the weekend on charges of forming a criminal organization, police said.

Emerging from the talks with Samaras, the justice minister, Charalambos Athanasiou, said: "Justice has moved with decisiveness and transparency. I want to say for all those who have been arrested if they are sent to trial there will be just justice."

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