A 63-year-old man used a piece of glass to slash his forearm at the Council of State, the country’s highest administrative court, on Wednesday.
Authorities said that the man, who had been fired from his position as a night guard at the Athens Observatory, had filed for poverty status in order to receive pro bono legal services and appeal his dismissal.
When he was informed his appeal had been rejected on the grounds that he had failed to present the necessary documents, he is reported to have verbally abused those present in court and threatened to commit suicide before eventually cutting himself.
The man was taken to a police precinct after refusing to be taken to hospital. Reports said the 63-year-old was mentally unstable, while one of his children had recently died.