Poultry farmer accused of intimidating workers, holding them captive

A poultry farmer is to face a magistrate on Monday after workers at his farm in Achaia, in the Peloponnese, accused him of forcing them to work without pay in abysmal conditions.

The charges were filed by two Romanian workers who said they were recruited by a 42-year-old compatriot, currently being sought, on behalf of the 51-year-old farmer. They were kept locked up, they said, adding that their accommodation lacked basic sanitation.

The 51-year-old would also fire shots into the ground or air to make them work harder, they claim.

During a search of the suspect’s property, meanwhile, police discovered more than 1.5 million euros in cash, two rifles and a handgun.