A Greek court has released two Kurdish journalists detained in Athens.
Greek police have detained Kurdish journalists Çağdaş Kaplan and Berçem Mordeniz in Athens upon seeing that they were documenting police brutality.
The journalists saw a group of police officers detaining a person via battering him and wanted to document it at the Syntagma Square, prompted police to detain the journalists as well.
Both Kaplan and Mordeniz were detained despite having press cards, news portal Gazete Karınca reported on Aug. 9, adding that the journalists were taken to Acropolis police headquarters.
Atina'da darp edilerek gözaltına alınan gazeteci Çağdaş Kaplan, "Yunanistan polisi, Akropolis Karakolu’nda şu an iki gazeteciye işkence yapıyor" diyerek uluslararası basın kuruluşlarından avukat talep etti! https://t.co/V8qj94ufhp pic.twitter.com/iV3Eiu6UiE— Altan Sancar (@altansancaryan) August 10, 2020
Kaplan sent a message to the news portal, asking for a lawyer from international press institutions.
"Those who saw the incident were not allowed in the police headquarters. There were Greeks who wanted to give their witness testimonies, but were rejected by police," Kaplan said, adding that Mordeniz suffers from asthma and is not given her medicine.
"There are up to 40 people here and no precautions against the pandemic. Greek police are responsible if we get infected," he also said.
"Greek police is torturing two journalists at Acropolis police headquarters."
They were referred to court on Aug. 10 and were subsequently released.