Slain rapper’s mother gives testimony at Golden Dawn trial

Slain rapper’s mother gives testimony at Golden Dawn trial

The trial of  Golden Dawn MPs and members continued on Friday with the testimony of Magda Fyssa, the mother of anti-fascist rapper Pavlos Fyssas who was fatally stabbed two years ago by a member of the neo-Nazi party in Keratsini, near Piraeus.

During a tense and emotional session, Magda Fyssa recounted the night of September 18, 2013, and described Giorgos Roupakias, the GD member charged with Fyssas's murder as "a trained killer." Roupakias arrived in a car at the scene with three other people, joining dozens of GD members and supporters, she said.  "They cornered him and then the murderer came and stabbed him," she said. "He got out of the car and stabbed him twice in the heart."

Her testimony follows that of the slain 34-year-old's father, Panayiotis Fyssas who told the court that Golden Dawn leader Nikos Michaloliakos has his son's blood "all over his hands."

The charge came after Michaloliakos claimed that his party “assumes the political responsibility” for Fyssas's murder.

As has been the case since April when the trial began, none of GD’s senior members are expected to show up at the purpose-built courtroom in maximum-security Korydallos Prison for the proceedings.  

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