Amputated leg to be examined

An alleged member of the «robbers in black» gang has asked for a coroner to examine one of his legs, which was amputated on Friday, in a bid to support his case that police did not act in self-defense when firing at him during his arrest on May 3. Simos Seisidis was injured in what police say was an exchange of gunfire after a robbery at a hardware store near central Athens last month. However, the 34-year-old, who had been wanted since January 2006 following a bloody bank robbery, has taken legal action against the officer who shot him. Doctors were forced to amputate one of the suspect’s legs last week as a main artery had been damaged in the shooting. Seisidis’s lawyer believes that an examination of the wound could help back up his claim that he was not facing the officer when he was shot and was therefore not a threat to the policeman’s life.