A 29-year-old man from the island of Lesvos has been arrested and is to appear before an examining magistrate on Wednesday, facing charges of inflicting grievous bodily harm and weapons violations, state-run news agency AMNA reports.
The man is accused of a racist attack with a crowbar on a Bangladeshi man outside a supermarket in Mytilene on the island of Lesvos. The legal migrant suffered a serious arm fracture as a result of the attack.
The incident occurred on Saturday, in the parking lot of a large supermarket on the outskirts of Mytilene, where the Bangladeshi national had worked for five years collecting shopping trolleys.
According to police, the victim had approached the 29-year-old Greek man and asked him not to park in a space set aside for people with disabilities. Instead of complying, the 29-year-old attacked the Bangladeshi man, first verbally, and then with a crowbar from the trunk of his car.
The victim incurred serious injuries in the attack. The suspect then abandoned his victim, who was then taken to a hospital by passers-by.
The local police authorities arrested the suspect on Sunday, the same day the incident was reported, and brought him before a public prosecutor on serious charges of assault.
He is now being held until he can present his testimony before the examining magistrate on Wednesday. Authorities noted that the entire episode was recorded by a CCTV camera in the supermarket parking lot.
The victim is a 45-year-old man who is known to be hard-working, and is well-liked in the local community. The fracture he sustained is viewed as particularly serious and is likely to keep him from working for an extended period of time.