The head of public prosecutors’ Ilias Zagoraios on Friday ordered a preliminary investigation for the attack against New Democracy lawmaker Giorgos Koumoutsakos.
Koumoutsakos has filed a suit against persons unknown. Meanwhile Greek Police has called for questioning eight people who were identified by television cameras. They were all released later on lack of evidence.
Koumoutsakos was attacked outside parliament on Thursday evening, during a protest rally of Pontian Greeks. Initially he claimed the assailants were members of Golden Dawn and named a certain MP of the extreme right who was standing close to the assailants. The Golden Dawn MP threatened to sue Koumoutsakos for defamation.
Deputy Citizen Protection Minister Nikos Toskas told state broadcaster, ERT, that the man in the photos is a “sports trainer” affiliated with the ultranationalist Golden Dawn party whereas the others who appeared to be beating Koumoutsakos are also being investigated.
There has been an uproar among Greek people over the stance of the policemen who were next to the beating and did next to nothing to protect the lawmaker or arrest any of the assailants who acted in front of their eyes.