Three face trial for racist attack

Three people, including two suspected members of the extreme right-wing group Chrysi Avgi (Golden Dawn), are to face trial for a vicious attack on a 24-year-old Afghan man in Athens earlier this month, the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said on Wednesday.

The victim, identified as R.A., sustained serious injuries to the chest, back and stomach following multiple stabbings that also provoked internal bleeding, according to UNHCR medical experts who visited him in hospital.

R.A., who hails from Afghanistan?s persecuted Hazara tribe, said he was attacked on the night of September 16 by three people who started taunting him and a friend and telling them to return to his homeland.

His friend managed to flee but R.A. was attacked by the trio — two men and a woman — who beat and knifed him, according to witnesses.

The woman and one of the men are believed to be linked to Chrysi Avgi.

Earlier this month, the UNHCR asked police to crack down on racist violence after the secretary of the Sudanese community in Athens, Adam Ziad, was attacked.