Greek neo-Nazi suspects on trial for murder of Pakistani

Both men deny being members of the party.

Afp December 18, 2013
Police officers escort one of the two suspected members of the Greek neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn accused of stabbing a 27-year-old Pakistani man to death in Athens on December 18, 2013. PHOTO: AFP

ATHENS: Two suspected members of the Greek neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn went on trial on Wednesday accused of stabbing a 27-year-old Pakistani man to death.

Dionyssis Liakopoulos, 25, and Christos Steriopoulos, 29, risk a life sentence if found guilty of the drive-by killing of Shehzad Luqman in Athens last January.

They were arrested a few hours after the murder when a taxi driver who witnessed the attack reported their motorbike numberplate to police.

According to the driver, the pair drove up behind the victim and assaulted him as he cycled near the Athens Acropolis.

A search of Liakopoulos' home uncovered leaflets from the neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn, according a to a police source.

Both men deny being members of the party.

Human rights and immigrant defence groups have called a rally for later on Wednesday outside the Athens courtroom, where the trial opened under a heavy police presence.

Hearings were suspended shortly after the trial opened to settle procedural matters, including to allow time for the victims' parents to arrive after their plane from Lahore was delayed.

The case is coming to trial three months after the fatal stabbing of a leftist rapper by a Golden Dawn supporter, which paved the way for a crackdown on the neo-Nazi group with six of its members charged with belonging to a criminal group.

Formerly on the fringe of Greek politics, Golden Dawn has seen its popularity soar as it taps into widespread anger over immigration and austerity reforms in debt-ridden Greece.


Khan | 7 years ago | Reply

21st Century demand that groups like Neu-Nazi, Skin Head, KKK and like wise lunatic groups must be eliminated. They are living cancers in western societies and these societies need to end these racist groups.

LaBhaksh | 7 years ago | Reply

This news takes precedence over our own minorities getting killed and maimed ! Why do we shamelessly queue up to go to EU and do what ? work at Tescos Poundland ?! and this guy (RIP) was pedalling taxis ! - is it that hard for us to make a living in our country and not become a mohajirs in someone else's country ? Intriguing are the ways of fellow citizens - and in other news India is strongly posturing itself against USA on a row over Diplomats arrest - don't even get me started on our ghairatmand !

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