ATHENS – Following the arrests of three more of its lawmakers, the case against the ultra-extremist Golden Dawn party has now added photos showing its members posing with guns and making Nazi salutes emerged after authorities searched the computer of the head of the party’s Nikaia cell, Giorgos Patelis, who has been linked to the murder of rapper Pavlos Fyssas in September.
Further details of the night authorities said that Fyssas was stabbed to death by Golden Dawn member Giorgos Roupakias were also made public as the recordings of conversations between the officers who were first called to the scene and the police dispatcher were added to the case file.
The newspaper Kathimerini said that recordings show that policemen who reported a group of about 20 Golden Dawn supporters chasing others in the streets of Keratsini were initially ordered to keep their distance until backup arrived and report what they saw in the meantime.
Once it emerged someone had been stabbed, the officers at the scene were told to “detain anyone you come across until we can work out what happened.”
The conversations also reveal that there was a delay in an ambulance arriving to take a wounded Fyssas to the hospital. The first request for assistance was made at 12:05 a.m. but by 12:26 no ambulance had arrived and with Fyssas having lost consciousness, a decision was made to take him to the hospital in a taxi.
Two minutes later, officers were informed that an ambulance would arrive in a few minutes. There was no explanation why it took so long. Earlier it was reported that the suspect was arrested by a police woman brandishing a gun after her colleagues did nothing to stop the murder.
It was the killing of Fyssas that sparked a government crackdown with Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, the New Democracy Conservative leader and his partner, the PASOK Socialists, saying they would dismantle Golden Dawn as a threat to democracy. Eight of the extremists 18 lawmakers have been arrested so far and the investigation is continuing.
The photos show Golden Dawn members brandishing what look like AK-47 and M4 assault rifles, as well as handguns although it wasn’t said if they were genuine or copies.
Patelis, currently in custody, is shown holding what looks like a Kalashnikov rifle in a photo believed to have been taken at a training camp organized by the party next to the Neda River in the Peloponnese. Another photo shows two of the far-right party’s supporters along with some children giving a Nazi salute.