The European Parliament has penalized a Greek neo-Nazi lawmaker who tore up a paper copy of the Turkish flag during a debate in the Brussels-based assembly last month.
Yiannis Lagos, an independent MEP, was on Tuesday ordered to pay a fine of 2,261 euros, which was said to be the equivalent of his weekly paycheck.
He was also banned from the assembly for four days.
Turkey on Jan. 30 slammed Greek member of the European Parliament (EP) Ioannis Lagos for ripping a Turkish flag at the EP Plenary.
"These racist minds know better than anybody else how we broke the hands of and poured into the sea those who dare attack our glorious flag," Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said in a tweet.
Greece's Foreign Ministry condemned the actions of a neo-Nazi lawmaker who tore up a paper copy of the Turkish flag during a debate in the European Parliament on Wednesday evening.
Yannis Lagos is an independent MEP and leader of the National Popular Conscience, a splinter group that emerged after the disintegration of neo-Nazi Golden Dawn.
A prosecutor has proposed that ll 17 former MPs of the far right Golden party and over 40 others were acquitted for the September, 2013 murder of rapper Pavlos Fyssas after a four-year trial trial, by prosecutor Adamantia Economou.
The decision caused a strong backlash, as the prosecution presented a host of witnesses, documents, and digital evidence