Roupakias to be released from custody


Giorgos Roupakias, charged with the murder of leftist rapper Pavlos Fyssas in September 2013, is set to be released from custody next month as he will have completed the maximum of 18 months in pretrial detention.

Following a ruling by a council of appeals court judges on Friday, Roupakias, a self-confessed member of Greece’s neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party, will be released on March 18.

The fact that the trial of Golden Dawn is taking place at a purpose-built courtroom inside maximum-security Korydallos Prison, in Athens, has prevented proceedings from taking place on a daily basis. Despite pledges, authorities have so far failed to find an alternative courtroom.