Greek prosecutor urges acquittal of neo-Nazis in murder trial

Prosecutor questions why Pavlos Fyssas’s murder would take place in public, comments that horrify victim’s mother

The prosecutor in a landmark Greek murder trial involving neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn sparked outrage in a court on Wednesday when she called for the acquittal of the group’s leaders.

Prosecutor Adamantia Economou told the court it could not be established that Golden Dawn leader Nikos Michaloliakos or more than a dozen other senior party figures had ordered the murder of anti-fascist rapper Pavlos Fyssas in 2013.

The victim’s mother, Magda Fyssas, reacted angrily when, in a statement read to the chamber, Economou said Fyssas’s fatal stabbing by an alleged Golden Dawn member, Yiorgos Roupakias, had not been premeditated.

“Have they seen nothing all this time? They are acquitting the criminals. How much more can we take?” said Magda Fyssas, referring to the near-five-year trial.

Fyssas’s murder outside a cafe in an alleged ambush by Golden Dawn supporters shocked the country and opened the way to an unprecedented investigation into the group’s operations.

But the prosecutor questioned why a premeditated murder would take place in such a public place.