May 27, 2024

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Chronicle of events: how a policeman was wounded, between life and death

ΕΛ.ΑΣ reports that among the 424 people arrested in Rentis after serious riots are those responsible for the wounding of a 31-year-old policeman, who is now in hospital in critical condition:

“He was shot by a ship’s flare.” Yesterday’s incident near the Melina Mercouri indoor stadium in Agios Ioannis Rentis, during the volleyball match for the League Cup between Olympiacos and Panathinaikos, is described by law enforcement as shocking. writes

According to the police, during the match, approximately 150 hooligans emerged from the closed volleyball gym and moved threateningly towards the police, throwing stones, various objects and Molotov cocktails, and firing ship flares at point-blank range (ναυτικών φωτοβολίδων). As a result one of the policemen was seriously injured ΥΑΤ, who was taken to a nearby hospital, where he remains in critical condition.

In the stands where these people returned after the attack, 424 people were detained and taken to the Attica Migration Directorate. They undergo a full check, give witness statements, and samples are taken to detect gunpowder, the police report says:

“The above procedure is under the control of the prosecutor’s office, which will be completed in the near future and is being followed, since there are compelling reasons to believe that the perpetrators of the attack are among the accused. After completing this procedure, the prosecutor’s office will decide on the further process. Clothes (jackets, hoods), remains of homemade incendiary devices, a folding knife, remains of burnt clothing, firecrackers and flares were found and confiscated on the territory of the gym.”

The preliminary investigation is being carried out by the Sub-Directorate for Combating Violence at Sports Venues of the Attica Security Directorate. Relatives of hundreds of detainees gathered outside the courthouse. “We don’t have any information about whether these are detentions or whether they have escalated into arrests,” said one of the people who was at the stadium at the time of the incidents in Rentis but was not arrested, taking advantage of his legal status. However, he added that the arrests were made to verify the facts, which, as he noted, “is done within a reasonable time.” He added that the temporary delay raises questions such as “are those brought in interrogated without trial, that is, without an oath, as suspects of serious criminal offenses, and if so, who decided to deprive them of their legal rights?”

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