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Rights group slams Greek police violence

2012-07-03 19:10

Athens - The human rights group Amnesty International says Greek police routinely uses violence against demonstrators, migrants and suspects in police detention.

In a report released on Tuesday, Amnesty says it has investigated mainly cases from 2008 to 2012, although it included some from as far back as 2001.

It outlined allegations by protesters and migrants of severe beatings, ill-treatment or even torture at the hands of Greek police, and also said there was a lack of impartial investigations into the incidents.
 
The group said it had also received allegations of authorities ignoring requests for prompt medical care or access to lawyers.

The report said Greek authorities had failed to acknowledge the extent of the problem, leading to a climate of impunity.

Police did not have an immediate response to the report.