ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- A panel of judges has ordered the release of the leader of Greece's extreme right Golden Dawn party after he served the 18-month maximum in pre-trial detention allowed under Greek law.
The 57-year-old Nikos Michaloliakos was due to be released from a prison near Athens later Friday or Saturday.
He is charged with participation in a criminal organization after a judicial inquiry investigated links between the party and violent attacks against immigrants and left-wing activists.
Despite the probe, Golden Dawn came third in Jan. 25 general elections with 6.3 percent of the vote, amid popular anger against politicians following a six-year recession.
Before going on trial, Michaloliakos will be banned from leaving the country and remain under house arrest but will be allowed to attend parliament sessions.