Police brutality under scrutiny

Greece’s top prosecutor instructed his subordinates yesterday to urgently investigate any allegations made to them involving police misbehavior and brutality. In a memo that was sent to all of the country’s prosecutors, Giorgos Sanidas said that following complaints by Greek and foreign human rights organizations about the treatment of some people at the hands of certain officers, he wants a thorough investigation into any complaints that have recently been lodged with judicial authorities. Although there have not been any specific cases reported in recent weeks, allegations have regularly been made in the past about police mistreating suspects, particularly migrants. Sanidas said that if prosecutors receive notice of complaints, they should immediately arrange for a forensic doctor to examine the complainant and take steps to ensure that anyone who is in any way involved in the incident is questioned as quickly as possible.