Sus­pected rogue of­fi­cer on the run

Kathimerini English - - Front Page -

One of two po­lice­men who were re­cently ac­cused by the force’s anti-black­mail unit of be­ing part of a pro­tec­tion racket has gone miss­ing, Kathimerini un­der­stands.

The 33-year-old, a mem­ber of the DIAS mo­tor­cy­cle-rid­ing squad, ap­peared be­fore a pros­e­cu­tor last Mon­day but has not been seen since. Po­lice had ar­rested 19 peo­ple on July 6 after a two-year in­ves­ti­ga­tion into two ri­val rings.

The gangs al­legedly of­fered pro­tec­tion to 60 gam­bling clubs and bars in At­tica, and would carry out beat­ings, ar­son at­tacks and other of­fenses in re­turn for pay­ment.

One of the two po­lice­man, a 36-yearold, was ar­rested on the spot but the 33year-old was not caught within the dead­line and could not be ar­rested when he vis­ited the pros­e­cu­tor. The lat­ter is ac­cused of be­ing a mem­ber of both gangs and be­ing in­volved in vi­o­lent at­tacks.

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