The Hellenic Police Internal Affairs Department are conducting an investigation into the beating of a 34-year-old police officer, who was found tied up in an apartment in Nikaia, in the southwestern part of the Athens early on Thursday morning.
“The case will be fully investigated. All possibilities are being examined. There is something ‘off’ about this story,” police sources told ANA.
When rescued by colleagues responding to a call made to the police emergency number, the police officer in question claimed that he had approached his assailants in the early hours of Thursday, at a time when he was off duty, because he had seen a group of people shouting and acting suspiciously and suspected them of trafficking in contraband goods.
According to his story, when he told them he was a police officer they badly beat him up.
He also claimed to have followed the culprits when they entered an apartment building, at which point they cornered him and held him. Another three people then came out of an apartment and also started to hit him, after which they used a sheet to tie him to a chair.
The officer, who had to be taken by ambulance to the 401 Athens General Military Hospital for treatment to injuries, was rescued by a DIAS police team that arrived at 4am, responding to a call made by a concerned neighbour. When the DIAS police team arrived they were also attacked by a group of Pakistanis, whom they managed to subdue, and entered the apartment to find more foreign nationals inside, as well as their 34-year-old colleague.