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Greek prosecutor seeks trial for 70 Nazi-inspired Golden Dawn members _ including 18 lawmakers

  • FILE - This is a  May 6, 2012 file photo of extreme right Golden Dawn party leader Nikos Mihaloliakos as he speaks during a news conference in front of a banner with the twisting Maeander, an ancient Greek decorative motif that the party has adopted as its symbol, in Athens. A prosecutor handling the criminal investigation of Greece’s Nazi-inspired, far-right Golden Dawn party on Thursday Oct. 16, 2014  sought to have 70 party members _ including the jailed party leader and 17 other lawmakers _ stand trial on charges ranging from running a criminal organization to murder and weapons offences.  (AP Photo/Petros Giannakoiuris, file)

    FILE - This is a May 6, 2012 file photo of extreme right Golden Dawn party leader Nikos Mihaloliakos as he speaks during a news conference in front of a banner with the twisting Maeander, an ancient Greek decorative motif that the party has adopted as its symbol, in Athens. A prosecutor handling the criminal investigation of Greece’s Nazi-inspired, far-right Golden Dawn party on Thursday Oct. 16, 2014 sought to have 70 party members _ including the jailed party leader and 17 other lawmakers _ stand trial on charges ranging from running a criminal organization to murder and weapons offences. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakoiuris, file)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE -  This is a  Wednesday, June 4, 2014 file photo of  leader of the far-right political party, Golden Dawn, Nikos Michaloliakos as he speaks to Parliament members in Athens. A prosecutor handling the criminal investigation of Greece’s Nazi-inspired, far-right Golden Dawn party on Thursday Oct. 16, 2014 sought to have 70 party members _ including the jailed party leader and 17 other lawmakers _ stand trial on charges ranging from running a criminal organization to murder and weapons offences.  (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, file)

    FILE - This is a Wednesday, June 4, 2014 file photo of leader of the far-right political party, Golden Dawn, Nikos Michaloliakos as he speaks to Parliament members in Athens. A prosecutor handling the criminal investigation of Greece’s Nazi-inspired, far-right Golden Dawn party on Thursday Oct. 16, 2014 sought to have 70 party members _ including the jailed party leader and 17 other lawmakers _ stand trial on charges ranging from running a criminal organization to murder and weapons offences. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, file)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - This is a Friday, March 22, 2013,file photo of supporters of the far-right party Golden Dawn as they sing the national anthem as they hold up flares during a protest outside the Germany embassy in Athens. A prosecutor handling the criminal investigation of Greece’s Nazi-inspired, far-right Golden Dawn party on Thursday Oct. 16, 2014  sought to have 70 party members _ including the jailed party leader and 17 other lawmakers _ stand trial on charges ranging from running a criminal organization to murder and weapons offences.  (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, file)

    FILE - This is a Friday, March 22, 2013,file photo of supporters of the far-right party Golden Dawn as they sing the national anthem as they hold up flares during a protest outside the Germany embassy in Athens. A prosecutor handling the criminal investigation of Greece’s Nazi-inspired, far-right Golden Dawn party on Thursday Oct. 16, 2014 sought to have 70 party members _ including the jailed party leader and 17 other lawmakers _ stand trial on charges ranging from running a criminal organization to murder and weapons offences. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, file)  (The Associated Press)

A prosecutor handling the criminal investigation of Greece's Nazi-inspired, far-right Golden Dawn party wants to have 70 party members — including the party leader and 17 other lawmakers — stand trial on charges ranging from running a criminal organization to weapons offences.

In his 700-page argument, prosecutor Isidoros Doyiakos also recommended Thursday that 15 other initial suspects should be cleared.

A three-member panel of judges is expected to issue their final indictments within weeks.

The crackdown on Golden Dawn — currently Greece's fourth-most popular party — followed the 2013 fatal stabbing of a left-wing musician, over which a Golden Dawn supporter has been charged.

Once marginal, the party enjoyed a huge boost in support during Greece's financial crisis, winning 18 of Parliament's 300 seats in 2012.