A bakery owner on the island of Salamina who police said admitted to severely beating an Egyptian employee he suspected of stealing, and chained him to a tree has been arrested and faces charges, authorities said.
The victim was found by island residents who said he was badly hurt and disoriented, and shackled to the tree by his neck. They called police who responded and had to use cutters to remove the chain.
The immigrant, whose name has not been released, was hospitalized with serious, but not life-threatening injuries. The baker surrendered to police. The incident was the latest in a long string of assaults on immigrants, some blamed on the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party that has 18 seats in Parliaments and is surging in polls.
The government of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, who supports removing illegal immigrants from the country, has not spoken out about the attacks although a number of NGO’s, in Greece and elsewhere, have condemned the spate of attacks.