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Injuries of beaten man outlined

The police beating at Polis station was recorded by a security camera

By Andria Kades

State pathologist Sofocles Sofocleous on Tuesday outlined to Paphos criminal court the injuries received by a young man seen on video being beaten up by two police officers at Polis Chrysochous station in 2014.

Examining photographic evidence presented by the prosecution, Sofocleous said the plaintiff, Panagiotis Savvides, had lacerations on his left ear, bruising and injuries to his right eye, forearm, thumb and chest.

The courtroom, once again watched security camera footage of the beating – which went viral in August last year after the lawyer posted it on Facebook – showing two officers entering the cell, hitting him with a baton and kicking him.

Sofocleous said it was clear that after the beating, the plaintiff had difficulty walking after the injuries he sustained from the two suspects and not two other officers he attacked with a knife before the scenes of the video played out.

Defence maintained Savvides’ injuries were maintained from his earlier fight, although Sofocleous said he saw no injuries to the legs and all attacks were from the waist upwards.

He did however concede that an injury to Savvides’ foot may have been caused when the plaintiff himself hit the door with his right leg and that the baton could have been the cause of his right thigh swelling up.
Court will reconvene again on February 11.

The officers are free on €30,000 bail each. They have surrendered their travel documents and are banned from leaving the country.



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