Two to testify over MP attack as police rejects criticism

Two to testify over MP attack as police rejects criticism

Two suspects, aged 22 and 38, implicated in a violent assault on conservative MP Giorgos Koumoutsakos during a rally by Pontic Greeks outside Parliament on November 5, were on Friday invited to testify in the coming days.

The youngest of the two, captured on video punching Koumoutsakos in the face, was arrested in 2011 for beating up a Pakistani immigrant before robbing him in Moschato, south of Athens.

Meanwhile, a 22-year-old woman who was filmed ripping Koumoutsakos’s suit jacket, admitted during testimony on Friday that she is the person in the video but nevertheless denied the charges against her.

Responding on his Twitter account to news of the arrests, the conservative MP wrote a brief message: “At last!”

Also on Friday, the Greek Police issued a statement rejecting allegations that it failed to act quickly and forcefully enough to investigate the case.

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