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Australian tourist injured in Maziotis shootout sues Greek state

A 19-year-old Australian tourist who was injured during a shootout between police and fugitive terrorist Nikos Maziotis in central Athens in July is suing the Greek state for failing to provide him with proper medical treatment.

Grant Nicholas Urani was one of two tourists caught in the crossfire between Maziotis and police in the central Athenian district of Monastiraki while officers were chasing the wanted terrorist.

He sustained a light leg injury and claims that he had to undergo additional treatment in his hometown Melbourne after being treated at an Athens hospital. According to his lawyers, his injury is preventing him from pursuing his athletic interests.

“I sat down to eat when I saw someone running and being chased by the police. Then I heard three shots. After the first, I fell to the ground and tried to crawl towards the restaurant. Maziotis tried to shoot the officers who were chasing him, but he hit me,” Urani had stated in the aftermath of the shootout.

Maziotis was spotted on July 16 by officers in a store on central Athinas Street near Monastiraki, one of the capital’s most popular tourist areas.

He shot at officers as he fled, injuring Urani and a German national.

The Revolutionary Struggle group leader was apprehended shortly afterward.