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Greek parties favor cutting far-right funding

Thursday - 10/17/2013, 12:10pm  ET

ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Governing and opposition legislators say they will back a proposal in parliament to suspend state funding for the far-right Golden Dawn party, a day after parliament lifted the immunity from prosecution of six of its lawmakers.

The conservative-led coalition and left-wing Syriza party said Thursday they would both back the proposal for an indefinite funding suspension in a vote on Tuesday.

A criminal investigation was launched against Golden Dawn members last month after the fatal stabbing of a rap singer blamed on a Golden Dawn party volunteer. Its leader and two lawmakers have been jailed in pre-trial custody as alleged members of a criminal organization.

The party, which has neo-Nazi roots, has denied any wrongdoing and argued that it is the victim of a conspiracy organized by Greece's bailout lenders.


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