Breakout from central precinct

Three policemen have been suspended after a mass breakout from the holding cells at the Omonia police station in central Athens, one of the city’s busiest. According to authorities, at about 5 a.m. on Saturday, 13 prisoners who were in the same cell all complained that they were feeling unwell and needed to be transferred to a hospital. However, when the two special guards who were on duty entered the cell to help the suspects, they were attacked. The guards managed to capture three prisoners just outside the cell. Another two were caught as they tried to exit the police station. One more was re-arrested in the Omonia area. However, the other seven – four Palestinians, two Iraqis and an Afghan – escaped. The on-duty officer and the two special guards were suspended pending an internal investigation.