Greece charges 5 police for torturing suspect at custody

A Greek prosecutor charged five policemen with beating up a suspected thief, police said on Sunday.

Greece charges 5 police for torturing suspect at custody

A Greek prosecutor charged five policemen with beating up a suspected thief, police said on Sunday.

Three young policemen were charged with abuse of power and torture and two others with abetting torture against a 30-year-old Chilean while he was detained at an Athens police station, a police official told Reuters.

"The suspect bore serious fractures on his body and was taken to an Athens hospital on Friday," the official said.

In Dec. 2008, a police officer shot dead 15-year-old Alexandros Grigoropoulos, unleashing the country's worst riots in decades, where thousands of demonstrators damaged and looted shops, destroyed banks and attacked ministries.

Several human rights groups have singled out police in the European Union country for rights abuses. Greek Citizen Protection Minister Mihalis Chysohoidis promised to punish offenders.

"Any person who thinks he is not bound by the Constitution and the country's law has no place in the police or the security forces and will face an exemplary punishment," Chrysohoidis said in a statement on Saturday.

In a bid to eradicate abuses by law enforcement officials, Chrysochoidis last month announced the final version of a draft law to set up a police complaints bureau.

In a seperate case, Greek authorities said on Sunday they had arrested and suspended a Greek policeman for threatening a citizen with a knife during a quarrel for a parking spot.


Reuters


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