Athens Public prosecutor and Greek Police investigate at least two police officers who beat a citizen during routine lockdown checks in Nea Smyrni suburb of south Athens on Sunday. With a lukewarm statement, Minister for Citizen Protection Michalis Chrysohoidis said that “unwarranted violence is not justified, we are absolute in it.” He added that the Citizens Ombudsman was informed about the beating of the citizen.
Referring to the internal administrative investigation Chrysochoidis said that “the investigation will be completed soon, in order to highlight and assign disciplinary and criminal responsibilities.”
Next to Police administrative inquiry probe against the officer, the head of the Athens Prosecutor’s Office, Sotiria Papageorgakopoulou, ordered on Monday a preliminary investigation into reports of police misconduct.
Police said on Sunday that it was attacked by “30 people” but so far it has been not able to confirm this. On Monday, the official government through several ministers said that it was “40 people.”