Dutchman’s attackers charged

Two men, aged 45 and 48, who violently beat a 78-year-old Dutchman last Sunday near his home close to the resort of Monemvasia in the Peloponnese, were charged on Wednesday with causing grievous bodily harm and verbal abuse.

The local and regional police chiefs visited the 78-year-old in the hospital where he is recovering from a broken jaw and nose.

The pensioner, identified as Adriano van der Burg, has lived in the area since the early 1990s, according to local sources.

The two men, who reportedly asked their victim whether he was German before beating him up, told police that they had been under the influence of alcohol.