Roupakias released from custody


Giorgos Roupakias, charged with the murder of leftist rapper Pavlos Fyssas in September 2013, has been released from custody after completing the maximum of 18 months in pretrial detention.

The release Friday of Roupakias, a self-confessed member of Greece’s neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party, came after a ruling by a council of appeals court judges last month.

Supreme Court president Vassiliki Thanou recently criticized the Athens Bar Association (DSA) and the Justice Ministry for failing to take action to ensure the trial of Roupakias and other Golden Dawn members was completed before their pretrial detention ended.