ATHENS Greece's Parliament has voted to allow the prosecution of a leading ultra-right lawmaker for assaulting two female left-wing politicians during a live TV talk show.
Ilias Kassidiaris, 32, faces charges of attempted grievous bodily harm over last June's incident, in which he repeatedly slapped one woman and threw a glass of water at another before running away. The attack followed an exchange of verbal abuse.
Kassidiaris is the spokesman for Golden Dawn, a populist anti-immigrant party that rose from the margins of politics to win 18 of Parliament's 300 seats later last June. The party rejects the neo-Nazi label but is fond of Nazi literature and references.
Lawmakers voted 205-3 Wednesday to strip Kassidiaris of the immunity from prosecution enjoyed by all Greek parliamentarians. No trial date has been set.