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Far-right Greek MPs lose immunity

Greece has removed the immunity from prosecution of six MPs from the extreme right-wing Golden Dawn, as part of a crackdown into the party sparked by the fatal stabbing last month of a Greek rapper.

Parliament voted virtually unanimously to pass the measure. Golden Dawn MPs walked out before the vote.

The government argues the party operates as a criminal organisation. Three other top party members, including its leader, have been jailed pending trial on charges of running or participating in a criminal group.

With Greece plunged into a financial depression, Golden Dawn rose from a fringe group to win 18 of Parliament's 300 seats in 2012 elections, despite widespread accusations it organizes attacks on immigrants, political opponents and gays.

-AP

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