Tapped phone calls further reveal Golden Dawn’s police ties

Evidence presented at trial of 69 Golden Dawn members detail the close ties between police and the neo-fascist party. Wiretapped phone calls entered into evidence in the ongoing trial of Golden Dawn have further revealed the neo-fascist party’s connections with police.  Sixty-nine members of Golden Dawn, which has 16 seats in Greece’s parliament, are on trial for allegedly operating a criminal organisation. Last Monday and Wednesday, a series of phone calls and SMS discussions entered into evidence revealed extensive ties and coordination between Golden Dawn members and the Hellenic Police, including the counterterrorism and riot control units. Other phone calls, which were recorded during wiretapping operations by intelligence services, detailed the communications between party members about the murder of anti-fascist rapper Pavlos Fyssas on September 18, 2013. Golden Dawn member Giorgos Roupakias admitted to fatally stabbing Fyssas. Several Golden Dawn members were also arrested and charged. In total, 69 members, including the entire 2013 parliamentary group, have been on trial since 2015.  The trial is expected to conclude this year. Much of the newly entered evidence focuses on recordings of conversations involving Sotiris Develekos, a Golden Dawn member who has been accused of involvement in a recent attack on a left-wing social centre in Piraeus. (…) On September 25, 2013, less than two weeks after Fyssas’ killing, Develekos spoke directly with a police officer in the riot unit who informed him of the movement of demonstrators during an anti-fascist protest against Golden Dawn. “The unions are going to Syntagma [Square],” the officer informed Develekos. “There are more than 5,000 protesters … The [police] squads are in the place they are supposed to be, I presume.” Develekos asked: “Keep briefing me: Do they have sticks and stuff?” Golden Dawn’s connection with, and infiltration of, police forces has long been documented in Greece. Thanasis Kambagiannis, a prosecution lawyer in the Golden Dawn trial, explained that much of the evidence in the trial examines the relationship between the party and the police.

via al jazeera: Tapped phone calls further reveal Golden Dawn’s police ties

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