A man kills his ex-wife outside the police station where he was denied help in Greece

The Government and Police of Greece are receiving a barrage of criticism after a video was revealed this Wednesday showing how a man kills his ex-partner at the door of the police station where moments before she had been denied protection against her attacker who had came in to apply.

Oliver Thansan
Oliver Thansan
03 April 2024 Wednesday 16:30
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A man kills his ex-wife outside the police station where he was denied help in Greece

The Government and Police of Greece are receiving a barrage of criticism after a video was revealed this Wednesday showing how a man kills his ex-partner at the door of the police station where moments before she had been denied protection against her attacker who had came in to apply.

The 28-year-old woman had gone with a friend to the police to ask for a patrol car to escort her to her home, where she had seen her ex-partner waiting, a 39-year-old man with a record of violence against public officials and drug possession.

Although the woman told the officers that her ex-partner "was violent" and had "psychological problems," the police told her that she should file a complaint against him or request a patrol car by phone herself.

In 2020, the victim had filed a complaint for violence and harassment against her attacker, which she later withdrew.

Furthermore, the ERT radio station reports that the woman suffered a miscarriage two years ago after receiving a beating.

In a video published this Wednesday by the MEGA radio station, the woman can be seen speaking on the phone in front of the police station to request a police escort, when she recognizes the aggressor addressing her.

The images show how the attacker catches up with her and fatally stabs her several times when the woman tries to take refuge in the police station.

The incident occurred around 7:00 p.m. local time last Monday at the door of a police station in Atenas, right next to the joint where an agent was.

Local media also revealed this Wednesday that in the telephone conversation that the woman had with the Police just before being stabbed, an agent told her that "a patrol car is not a taxi."

The left-wing opposition has asked the Government and the Ministry of Citizen Protection for explanations about what it considers a lack of action by the Police that resulted in the death of another woman due to sexist violence.

The main opposition party, the leftist Syriza, again insisted that feminicide be recognized as a criminal offense to "raise a legislative barrier" against the murders of women.

For his part, the Minister of Citizen Protection, Mijalis Jrisojoidis, promised a thorough investigation into the actions of the Police in this case.

The Prosecutor's Office has ordered an investigation into possible criminal responsibilities of the agents who attended to the woman at the police station and the person who assisted her by telephone.

So far this year, five femicides have been recorded in Greece, compared to 13 in all of 2023.

The legislation does not criminally recognize either this term or that of sexist violence, although the Penal Code does contemplate certain aggravating factors in cases of "domestic violence."