Two po­lice­men busted

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Two mem­bers of the po­lice’s mo­tor­cy­cle-rid­ing rapid re­sponse unit DIAS are be­lieved to have been part of two pro­tec­tion rack­ets dis­man­tled by the At­tica Se­cu­rity Po­lice’s ex­tor­tion divi­sion last week. One of the pair is al­leged to have taken part in the beat­ing of a driver of a tourist bus, an act paid for by a ri­val travel group, ac­cord­ing to sources. The sec­ond sus­pect is thought to have planted a home­made ex­plo­sive de­vice in a bar in western At­tica in a bid to take re­venge for the fir­ing of a col­league who had been em­ployed there. A po­lice crack­down led to a to­tal of 19 sus­pected mem­bers of two crime rack­ets thought to have been sell­ing pro­tec­tion to At­tica store own­ers, while an­other 11 are be­ing sought. Most of the sus­pects are Greek na­tion­als, with the al­leged ring-lead­ers thought to be two Greek men, aged 59 and 51, who have been de­tained on var­i­ous charges in the past.

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