March 26, 2023

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Why the medical report on the state of health of a 16-year-old Roma was not made public

One of the questions that remains unanswered in connection with the shooting of a 16-year-old gypsy by a ΔΙΑΣ police officer is why the appropriate medical certificates were not issued at the Hippocrates Hospital, where the young man is being treated.

A 16-year-old teenager has been hospitalized in critical condition since Monday morning, but there has been no official information about his condition and health. At the same time, the Federation of Associations of Hospital Physicians of Greece (ΟΕΝΓΕ) expresses its clear displeasure.

According to the statement, which was released and handed over to Minister of Health Thanasis Plevris and Minister of Citizen Protection Takis Theodorikakos, “issuing a medical opinion of the announcement is in any case the responsibility of the hospital administrator. It is the duty of physicians to inform the relatives of the patient.”

Doctors of the National Health Service call “unacceptable the decision of the administrator of the Hippocrates Hospital in Thessaloniki not to issue a conclusion, since he does not have the appropriate permission from the patient’s relatives.”

Complaint about an attempt to cover up a crime

In fact, the publication (publication) of the medical report has become persistently demanded by the public due to rumors spread on social networks that the life of the Roma is supported “artificially”, while the parents of a 16-year-old condemn the attempt to cover up the facts by ΕΛ.ΑΣ.

Leaving the courthouse on Wednesday, the family’s lawyer, Theophilos Alexopoulos, spoke of the “Greek police cover-up attempt” to inflict severe injuries on the 16-year-old.

In particular, he stated that “there is a direct shot that hit Kostas in the head. All our thoughts are with Kostas, we are waiting for a miracle,” and continued by saying: “We are not here to call for demonstrations or justify any kind of reaction from the population. Those who do not condemn are moral criminals (…). When we have an official statement from the Greek police, which only mentions that “allegedly there was an attempt to ‘repel an attack on ΕΛ.ΑΣ.’ employees, and no mention of the fact that the child was shot, indicates concealment“.

According to the victim’s lawyer, the family demanded a forensic medical examination and an answer to the question of how the 16-year-old teenager got the bullet.

As the Athenian News wrote earlier,a minor left the gas station without paying 20 euros for fuel. The police officers who were at the gas station, in violation of instructions, opened fire on the thief’s car, seriously injuring a teenager.

Lifo edition in the article about racism against gypsies published statistics, according to which, Greece ranked third in the so-called romophobia (72% negative opinion about the Gypsies, 25% positive). In the first place was Italy (83% of the negative opinion about the Roma).

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