A bus driver in Thessaloniki has been given a 10-month jail sentence, suspended for three years, after being found guilty of forcing two black passengers off his vehicle because of their race rather than due to them not having valid tickets, as he had claimed.

The court deemed the driver guilty denying passengers service due to racist behaviour and rejected his denial of witness statements. Witnesses said the driver swore at the two men, reported to be from Africa, and told theme he was a Golden Dawn member.

The case brought to light last April by a group of lawyers.