Disabled Syrian refugee sues Greece over pursuit injuries

Hellenic Coast Guard

Hellenic Coast Guard

A Syrian refugee disabled after being shot in a Greek coast guard pursuit in 2014, is demanding 100,000 euros for pursuit injuries from the Greek state.

The 68-year-old man, who now lives in Sweden, submitted his case to a court on the island of Rhodes.

The plaintiff was critically injured in September of 2014, when Greek coast guards fired on a smuggler's speedboat in a drawn-out chase near the island of Kalymnos.

The smuggler had previously attempted to ram and sink the Greek patrol boat, injuring one of the coast guards, authorities stated at the time of the incident.

The coast guards claimed that during the pursuit, the dozen asylum-seekers on the speedboat were concealed and unknown to be onboard.