Former Golden Dawn member testifies to prosecutor

Supreme Court prosecutor begins hearing testimony into 32 cases involving members of neonazi Golden Dawn

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Recordings, along with tapes made in the past on individuals under surveillance by the National Intelligence Agency (EYP), will be used by a Supreme Court prosecutor investigating criminal cases involving members of Golden Dawn

The Supreme Court (File photo) The Supreme Court (File photo) A former member of Golden Dawn who was an eyewitness to the murder of rapper Pavlos Fyssas last week has delivered testimony to a Supreme Court prosectutor who is investigating over 30 criminal cases in which members of the party are involved. 

The witness has requested to be placed in a witness protection scheme. According to reports on Wednesday evening, three other former members and one current member of Golden Dawn are prepared to deliver testimony and have also requested witness protection.

The former member gave his testimony as part of the investigation being carried out by deputy Supreme Court prosecutor Haralambos Vourliotis, who was handed 32 case files of incidents involving members of the neonazi Golden Dawn party earlier this week.

A police investigation has already identified five people with whom Fyssas' murderer, Golden Dawn member Yiorgos Roupakias, had contacted either before or after the fatal stabbing.

Meanwhile, it has emerged that orders to eavesdrop on the telephone conversations of people suspected of involvement in the murder were issued in the aftermath of Fyssas' killing.

These recordings, along with tapes made in the past on individuals under surveillance by the National Intelligence Service (EYP), will be used by Vourliotis in his investigation.

The recordings were made on numbers in Piraeus, where the murder took place, and the wider Attica region.

Among those who provided testimony on Wednesday were Notis Marias, an MP with the Independent Greeks; Prof Giorgos Sotirelis of the University of Athens, who gave his opinion on whether the party can be banned under the constitution; representatives of the Pakistani and Egyptian communities in Greece and the leader of the Piraeus metalworkers union, Sotiris Poulikoyiannis, who was one of nine Communist Party (KKE) members who were attacked by a Golden Dawn gang on September 12 in Perama, near Piraeus.

In his deposition, Poulikoyiannis said that there was nothing accidental about the attack, as it had been "announced on August 8 by three Golden Dawn MPs: Nikos Michos, Ilias Panagiotaros and Yiannis Lagos" during a visit to Perama shipyards.

He maintained that Golden Dawn was a criminal organisation, a neonazi construct, "which has practised plenty of times on the bodies of foreigners in order to get to the point of attacking a Greek".

According to reports, the fingerprints of one invididual found at the scene of the attack on the KKE members match those found during the investigation into an attack, also in Perama, on Egyptian fisherman - legally working in Greece - in June 2012. 

This is viewed as a strong indication that the attacks were carried out by a criminal gang. 

Fyssas' girlfriend, who was present when he was murdered, is expected to provide testimony on Thursday.

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