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Greek Fringe TV Presenter Charged with Setting Up Gun Attack

ATHENS – A TV presenter on a minor Greek station who had a dozen police guards removed after an outcry has been accused by authorities of staging a gun attack on his own house, the assailants later also firing at police.

Menios Fourthiotis, who claims to be a journalist but without credentials, was taken into custody along with the two men that media reports said were paid 40,000 euros ($48,480) to fire guns near his house.

It wasn't said if that was done so he could create a case for police protection again after the New Democracy government ordered body guards because there was a fire in a box outside the station where he works.

A police investigation found out that the same gun used outside his house was used in an armed attack against police officers, the two perpetrators soon arrested, known to police as being involved in protection rackets.

The police have also presented evidence of text communications between the accused, including messages on the day of the attack, said Kathimerini as a case is being built against Fourthiotis.

A prosecutor is investigating why he was given special treatment and the charges against him come as a real journalist, investigative reporter Kostas Vaxevanis, alleged that Fourthiotis was looking for someone to kill him and a colleague.

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