Of­fi­cer’s claims prompt laugh­ter

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The head of one of the po­lice’s mo­tor­cy­clerid­ing DIAS units that re­sponded to the melee that re­sulted in the fa­tal stab­bing of rap­per Pav­los Fys­sas in 2013 by a self-pro­claimed sup­porter of far-right party Golden Dawn, ad­mit­ted in court yes­ter­day that the units were not act­ing ac­cord­ing to a plan.

Of­fi­cer Anas­ta­sios Tso­lakidis failed to an­swer sev­eral ques­tions di­rected at him by the bench and prompted laugh­ter in the court­room when he claimed that the ar­rest of self-con­fessed mur­derer Gior­gos Roupakias, was “light­ning fast.”

Of­fi­cers have come un­der crit­i­cism for not re­spond­ing sooner to re­ports that a large group of men had at­tacked a sin­gle in­di­vid­ual on a busy street in a sub­urb of Pi­raeus and that they did not make enough ar­rests at the scene.

The trial is due to re­sume af­ter the sum­mer break in Septem­ber.

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