Athens: Police takes suicide survivor to prosecutor for €250-debt from 32 years ago

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In the late hours of Friday, January 25th 2013, a man around his 60’s, drawn in debts and desperation, decided to put an end to his life: to hang himself with a chain. While struggling on the very thin line between life and death, the chain broke. Under a heavy shock, the man called a popular live television show and asked for help. “Fws sto tunel” presenter Aggeliki Nikolouli, who deals with missing persons and cold police cases, made an appeal to the show’s volunteers to rush to Kolonos district of Athens and offer aid and support to the desperate man.

 Also an employee at Athens municipality responded to the appeal.

But then the unbelievable happened: instead of taking the man to a hospital to get first aid and psychological support, the municipality policeman took him to the …prosecutor. The broke man had a debt of 250 euro to the state, a debt that was filed 32 years ago!!!

The suicide survivor had to spend the night in a police station cell. Next morning in court, the prosecutor found out that the debt was cancelled due to time limitation. The man was set free.

According to information, the economic situation of the man was hopeless, with his landlord to be threatening him with eviction. He was managing to survive due to soup kitchen meals offered by the church. 

After his failed attempt and his release, the man is being taken care of by a charity organisation.