Jailed Greek lawmakers granted special leave to address Parliament over Golden Dawn charges

Two jailed Greek lawmakers granted special prison leave have appeared in Parliament to defend themselves against charges linked to the Nazi-inspired Golden Dawn party.

Golden Dawn lawmaker Georgios Germenis, and Efstathios Boukouras — whom the party expelled this year — both deny illegal firearms or ammunition possession.

Parliament will vote later Wednesday on whether to lift their immunity from prosecution on the charges.

Authorities launched a sweeping investigation into Golden Dawn after last year's murder of a left-wing musician, allegedly by a party supporter.

Party leader Nikos Michaloliakos, Germenis, Boukouras and another three of the 18 lawmakers elected on the Golden Dawn ticket are in jail pending trial for allegedly running a criminal organization, and immunity has already been lifted on those charges. All deny any wrongdoing.