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Independent investigators question role of police during Fyssas’ murder (video ENG)

Forensic Architecture has presented the results of its investigation into the murder of antifascist activist and rapper Pavlos Fyssas. He was stabbed to death on 18 Sep 2013 by a member of Golden Dawn on a street of Keratsini suburb of Piraeus.

Forensic Architecture was commissioned by Fyssas’ family and their legal representatives to investigate the actions of the police at the time of his death and to reconstruct the events of the night from the audio and video material made available to the court.

Witnesses allege that police were present during the murder an did not intervene.

The investigation was first discussed in July, in the courtroom at Korydallos Prison, near Athens. Lawyers for the GD objected strenuously, questioning the F.A. credentials.

On Sept 10, Forensic Architecture reported that the GD lawyers failed to convince the judge to exclude the investigation results, after they admitted they had not even read the report to which they were objecting.

The resulting video investigation and accompanying report, presented to the Athens courtroom on 10 and 11 September 2018, brings together CCTV footage, recordings of communications between police and emergency services, and witness testimony. We established a precise timeline and reconstruction of the events that led to the murder. The investigation established that members of Golden Dawn, including senior officials, acted in a co-ordinated manner in relation to the murder, and that DIAS officers were present at the scene before, during and after the murder, and failed to intervene.

On Sept 18th 2018, on the occasion of the 5th Anniversary of the death of Pavlos Fyssas, Forensic Architecture released a short video with English – and one with Greek – over voice based on its findings.

CCTV footage proves that at least 4 DIAS police units on motorcycle were at the scene before the murder but did nothing to prevent it.

The investigation was first discussed in July, in the courtroom at Korydallos Prison, near Athens. “Lawyers for the GD objected strenuously, questioning our credentials,” posted Forensic Architecture  on Twitter on Sept 10 and that “the GD lawyers failed to convince the judge to exclude the investigation results, after they admitted they had not even read the report to which they were objecting.”

London-based Forensic Architecture is an independent university based research agency undertaking media and spatial research of state and corporate violence.

More on Pavlos Fyssas and the Golden Dawn trial here.

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