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Leftist party member charges police brutality

Δημοσίευση 15 Ιανουαρίου 2011, 12:31 / Ανανεώθηκε 27 Ιουνίου 2013, 14:55
Leftist party member charges police brutality
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A member of Coalition of the Left (Synaspismos) party on Friday accused police of using excessive force in his questioning, following his detention by a counter-terrorism unit a day earlier in central Athens.

A member of Coalition of the Left (Synaspismos) party on Friday accused police of using excessive force in his questioning, following his detention by a counter-terrorism unit a day earlier in central Athens.

Dimosthenis Papadatos, 30, claimed police punched him during his arrest and subjected him to prolonged questioning because of a stolen identity card found on him. According to Papadatos, he had found the ID on the street and was on his way to hand it over to police.

A police statement issued in response flatly rejected the allegations as “having no relation with reality,” adding that he was processed “in compliance with the law and in accordance with the necessary procedures”.

Police also underlined that the 30-year-old was arrested within the framework of counter-terrorism squad operations in Athens’ Vyronas district. After verifying that he no involvement in a case under investigation he was taken to police headquarters because he had two identity cards in his possession. The 30-year-old was released soon after a case file was put together on the conditions under which the stolen ID came to his possession.  

The ID in question had been reported stolen to Athens’ Nea Ionia police station in Jan. 2004, according to authorities.