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Migrants ‘grilled’ over London attacks

Campaigners alleged yesterday that, in the wake of the terrorist attacks in London last month, six Pakistanis and one man from Kashmir living in Athens were arrested without warrants, blindfolded and taking to a secret location for questioning, before being dumped on the city streets two days later. The allegation was made by the head of the Pakistani community in Athens, Javed Aslam, to an Athens prosecutor. He claimed that foreign intelligence services were behind a July 15 raid on the apartment in Petralona where the men lived. It is alleged that the property was searched before the seven men were blindfolded and taken to an unknown location. Their employer is then said to have begun searching for them the following day after they failed to turn up for work. His inquiries to the police apparently proved fruitless. However, five of the men were released in streets around Omonia Square in central Athens the following day and claim they were questioned about the terrorist bombings in London on July 7. The remaining two men were released on July 22, campaigners claim. Police denied any knowledge of the alleged incident.