Cypriot man awarded 300,000 euros for police beating

An administrative appeals court in Thessaloniki ruled Thursday that the police should pay Cypriot student Avgoustinos Dimitriou 300,000 euros in damages for seriously injuring him in an attack in November 2006.

Dimitriou was assaulted by officers following a protest march to mark the November 17 student uprising against the 1969-74 military dictatorship. Police said they thought Dimitriou had taken part in clashes with officers but the Cypriot, who was studying at the the northern port city?s Aristotle University, denied the claims.

The incident became infamous after police issued a statement denying they had injured the student, now 29, but that he had hit his head on a large flower pot.