[The first – and only – arrest for racist attacks by Greek Police’s special office for Racial Violence]
The freshly established Services for the Confrontation of Racial Violence of the Security department of Attica Police solved the case of a barrage of bloody attacks with knives against Pakistani immigrants. The attacks took place last September in Metamorfosi, Likovrisi and Iraklio, Attica.
The investigation carried out by the Services for the Confrontation of Racial Violence of Attica and the office of the Security Subdivision of Northeast Attica led to an arrest of a member of a racist group, after a warrant was issued for his arrest. The group had stabbed four Pakistanis and one Greek, and had beaten other immigrants during ‘campaigns’ they were carrying out with the aim of ‘cleansing’ the area of foreigners.
The arrested is a 20 year old man. He participated in the attacks and was accused of involvement in a criminal organization, complicity in attempted murder, arson, serious bodily harm, robbery and offenses that involve the use of explosives.
Overall, four cases of attacks against foreigners were solved, while the police has been ordered by the Prosecutor to disclose the person’s details and photos so that he could be recognized in case he was involved in other similar crimes.
The first attack took place on the 10th of September 2012 in a barbershop in Metamorfosi and the remaining three on the same day (22nd of September 2012) successively in Heraklion, Likovrisi and Metamorfosi.
In detail, the arrested:
1) On 10.09.2012, at 20:30, along with eight other unidentified assailants invaded a barbershop, property of a Pakistani national at Gkinosati 47 in Metamorphosi and attacked two employees, Pakistani nationals, and a Greek customer, wounding with a knife the customer (for his choice to have a haircut in the store of an alien) as well as one of the employees. They also threw a handmade Molotov bomb into the shop, thereby causing damage by fire.
2) On 22.09.2012, at 19:50, the 20 year old, together with another two unknown accomplices, attacked two immigrants from Pakistan with a knife at a bus stop on Iraklio Avenue in Iraklio, Athens, injuring one of them severely with a knife in the chest and taking away money and personal belongings.
3) On the same day (22.09.2012) at 20:15, in Likovrisi, while riding a car with another two unidentified individuals, they ‘blocked’ a motorcycle, ridden by two Pakistani immigrants, causing its overturn. Then they took the motorcycle away. It was eventually found on 09/27/2012 completely burnt in Metamorfosi.
4) Half an hour after the previous attack, the same individuals together with other accomplices ridding a car and a motorcycle, attacked three foreigners, nationals of Pakistan, with a knife. The Pakistanis were walking down Ermou Street in Metamorphosi when the perpetrators wounded two of them (one had severe injuries in the chest), and removed their belongings.
The arrested man was taken to the Prosecutor of Athens and the research for the identification of other offenders continues.
[Translated from ‘Ethnos’ newspaper, 28/02/2013, found online at: http://www.ethnos.gr/article.asp?catid=22768&subid=2&pubid=63789858]
According to Greek police’s statement, the arrested man is Konstantinos Kontomous, of Alkiviadis and Dimitra, born in 1993 in Maroussi, Attica.
[Source: ‘To Vima’ newspaper, 01/03/2013, found online at: http://www.tovima.gr/society/article/?aid=500850]