ATHENS – Seven years to the day that anti-Fascist hip-hop singer Pavlos Fyssas was stabbed to death, a member of the extreme-right Golden Dawn accused of the killing, Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias said the country can't let its guard down against neo-Nazi groups.
Dendias said in a tweet on his official account that “it was a night I will never forget,” referring to the night of Sept. 18, 2013 when Fyssas' shocking murder after he was set on by a Golden Dawn gang shocked the country.
That led to a crackdown on the party that was in Parliament before being narrowly ousted in July 7, 2019 snap elections, with its former lawmakers and dozens of members accused of running a criminal gang, the trial ending and a verdict due Oct. 7.
“The (state’s] rule of law reacted. Society and the political world must remain vigilant against the neo-Nazi phenomenon,” he added.
Among those accused is Giorgos Roupakias, who has confessed to stabbing 34-year-old Fyssas to death in the district of Keratsini in Piraeus and has been under house arrest after his maximum 18-month pre-trial detention ended.
A total of 68 defendants stand to be sentenced or acquitted over a range of offenses following the trial against the party with prosecutors accusing the party's hierarchy of using neo-Nazi methodology and a range of brutal attacks against immigrants and communists.