Police free 34 migrants held in Victoria Square flat
Police have freed 34 migrants from Afghanistan, including five women and 12 children, who were being held hostage in an apartment near Victoria Square, in central Athens. A 34-year-old Afghan, allegedly a member of an extortion gang, has been arrested by police who were also looking for another five members, including an Egyptian national. The gang is believed to have approached Afghan migrants, who have been camping in the square after arriving from the eastern Aegean islands, offering accommodation, bus tickets and forged documents. After being lured into the apartment, the victims said they faced violence and confinement unless they bought their way out. After arresting the 34-year-old, police found him in possession of 1,720 euros, two cell phones, several flight and coach tickets, and asylum documents issued by German authorities. The suspect was expected to face a prosecutor. It was not made known how long the 34 migrants had been held captive.