Accused Killer in Fyssas Murder Trial Takes The Stand

Giorgos Roupakias, charged with killing anti-Fascist hip-hop artist Pavlos Fyssas, brought to trial on July 18, 2019. (Photo by Eurokinissi/Tatiana Bollari)

ATHENS – A member of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party charged with killing anti-Fascist hip-hop artist Pavlos Fyssas in September 2013 finally was brought to trial on July 18, during the fourth year of a trial of the party’s hierarchy and dozens of acolytes.

Giorgos Roupakias, who was depicted in previous testimony by one party member of having confessed to stabbing Fyssas in the heart during an attack, had been under house arrest since being released from the maximum 18 months pre-trial detention in March 2016, and took the stand to testify.

The court room was filled before he appeared while anti-fascist groups held a protest rally outside the building of the Appeals Court, said Kathimerini.

(Photo by Eurokinissi/Tatiana Bollari)

Giorgos Patelis, former head of the party’s Nikaia chapter in southwest Athens, denied any involvement in the killing and fingered Roupakias for the murder, saying he told him after the alleged confession: “That’s your problem.”

Patelis is accused of informing ex-Golden Dawn lawmaker Yiannis Lagos about the whereabouts of Fyssas and organizing the group that attacked the 34-year-old musician ahead of his fatal stabbing by Roupakias.

The trial is expected to continue until the end of July and will then adjourn until September.