The policeman together with his colleagues, DIAS machines, had rushed out of the cafeteria on the order of their center, where Golden Dawn members were already gathered
With the testimony of the DIAS police officer, Giorgos Rotas, who was found on the night of the murder of Pavlos Fyssas outside the Corali cafeteria, the Golden Dawn trial continues.
The proceedings before the Five-member Court of Criminal Appeals since the previous trial have opened the circle of statements of those who saw what happened on the night of September 17, 2013 and ended in the murder of the 34-year-old musician.
Mr. Rotas is the second of the eyewitnesses to take the stand, after the testimony of the musician’s friend Paul Searliwho are asked to describe in court the “frames” of the events that unfolded in Amfiali, when the musician and his friends found themselves watching a football match in the same store where two members of Golden Dawn were also watching.
The police officer together with his colleagues, DIAS machines, had rushed out of the cafeteria on the order of their center, where Golden Dawn members were already gathered.
The crowd, some armed with maces, were outnumbered and the police were ordered to monitor the situation without getting involved and to inform the center.
As the witness, who referred to the danger of Golden Dawn, said, “the groups that can deal with mobs have different equipment and different training.
Nevertheless in this particular case we went close and entered the incident despite the fact that it was against our orders, because the Jupiter team is not supposed to come into contact with the mob. What I told you about dangerousness: they were not ordinary citizens..”
Chairman: Did that scare you?
Witness: Madam President, the police are not fearless either. The difference is that despite the fear we continue to do our work.
Prosecutor: Were these people threatening?
Witness: They were swearing.
Prosecutor: Were you cursed?
Witness: They were swearing at the police because they didn’t like our presence there, obviously because they wanted to do something and we were spoiling their plans.
Prosecutor: Were they not frightened by your presence?
Prosecutor: Were there people next to Roupakias who helped him?
Witness: There were people who helped Roupakias. They might have beaten him (the musician) before. Fyssas told us ‘he stabbed me’… Fyssas was alone and the others were more numerous than the Golden Dawn.
The process continues.
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