The Golden Dawn Member of the European Parliament, Ioannis Lagos, was arrested in Brussels on Tuesday.

The European Parliament lifted his immunity from prosecution and a European arrest warrant was immediately issued against him.

According to the Greek civil protection ministry, Lagos was arrested by the Belgian police in the context of cooperation with Greek authorities. The procedures for his extradition from Belgium to Greece are underway.

Lagos was sentenced to 13 years in prison by a Greek appeals court in October 2020 for his membership and role in the neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn.

The Greek court convicted the leaders of Golden Dawn, the Neo-Nazi party of Greece, of running a criminal organization.

The decision sealed the demise of the Neo – Nazi party that rose during the debt crisis and austerity years in Greece.

At the peak of its popularity, Golden Dawn entered the Greek parliament electing 21 lawmakers becoming the third largest party in the country.

Its politics were dominated by hate speech against immigrants, the EU, anti-fascists and leftists. It stayed in parliament from 2012 to 2019.

The beginning of the end started when a party member murdered the anti-fascist rapper Pavlos Fyssas, in September 2013. Sixty-nine members of Golden Dawn, including all 15 members of parliament, were arrested.

The beginning of the end started when a party member murdered the anti-fascist rapper Pavlos Fyssas, in September 2013. Sixty-nine members of Golden Dawn, including all 15 members of parliament, were arrested.

They were accused of running a criminal organization and performing physical attacks on Egyptian fishermen and left-wing activists.

Most of the accused had been convicted, including the leaders of the party that received sentences of 13 years in prison.