Far-right politician acquitted after slapping female opponent on live TV

Far-right politician acquitted after slapping female opponent on live TV

A politician from a Nazi-inspired Greek party has been acquitted of a charge stemming from an attack on two left-wing women during a live TV talk show.

An Athens court found that Ilias Kassidiaris did not cause the women grievous bodily harm, as he had been charged.

TV footage of the 2012 incident showed Kassidiaris repeatedly slapping one woman and throwing a glass of water at another before running away.

The attack followed an exchange of verbal abuse.

Judges ruled that the attack was not as severe as described in the charges.

Kassidiaris was not convicted of plain assault, because that would have required a formal complaint from his victims that was never made.

About 100 supporters of Golden Dawn – now Greece’s third largest party - gathered outside the courthouse in a show of support.

The defendant is one of several Golden Dawn politicians held in pre-trial custody on separate charges for allegedly running a criminal organisation.

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