ATHENS – A 37-year-old man on Crete, who wasn’t identified, was held on charges of assaulting a family of tourists from Germany on the island, which relies on visitors from that country to boost the economy.
The assault happened in Perama-Mylopotamos and drew the immediate attention of Greek tourism officials and even the Supreme Court prosecutor who pushed a quick investigation.
After hearing his deposition, an investigative magistrate and the prosecutor decided to remand him in custody, charging him with “attempted aggravated bodily harm with racist motives,” a felony, said Kathimerini.
He was said to be driving a pickup truck with his 36-year-old brother as a passenger and is accused of deliberately crashing it into the family’s rental card and then pursuing it in a chase.
That was said to have been triggered by the suspect’s brother having an altercation with one of the sons of the Germany family but the defendant’s lawyer said there was no danger and that the charge was trumped up.
The brother was released but the report didn’t indicate when the suspect would face court again nor what the disposition of the case is, despite the focus, the island seeing a number of tourism violence cases.