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Independent MP who punched a lawmaker released after testifying to magistrate

Independent MP Konstantinos Floros, formerly of the opposition Spartiates party, was released after testifying before an examining magistrate on Thursday.

He was accused that he had physically assaulted a fellow MP, Elliniki Lysi deputy Vasilis Grammenos, in the colonnade surrounding the Parliament a day earlier.

Both the examining magistrate and prosecutor handling the case imposed a restraining order upon the MP, which forbids him from approaching Vasilis Grammenos at a distance of less than 50 metres.

Sources said that Floros, who is facing criminal charges that carry a penalty of up to 10 years imprisonment, expressed his regret over the incident while denying that he had punched Grammenos.

Testimony in the case was also given by independent MP Dionysis Valtogiannis, who was present in the room and during the debate in Parliament, who said that Grammenos had addressed the accused in “an obscene manner”.

Floros was arrested right after the violent incident in the Parliament on Wednesday.

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