Family of paralyzed journalist seeks damages

The family of a journalist who was left paralyzed following an attack by a security guard at a Public Power Corporation plant on the Aegean island of Chios in 2006 are seeking 11 million euros in damages from PPC, the security firm employing the guard and a local hospital, it has emerged.

Two doctors and a security guard were found guilty last Thursday of playing a part in events that led to Angeliki Hatzidimitriou being left paralyzed and unable to speak. The journalist had been covering a fire at a local PPC plant when the guard yanked her away by pulling on the camera strap around her neck. Hatzidimitriou began to feel unwell and went to a local hospital but was turned away. She then suffered a stroke and was airlifted to Athens, but doctors could do little to help her.