Cyprus Mail

Man claims police brutality, police say injuries self-inflicted

Police arrested a 24-year-old man for assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest in the Paphos district on Wednesday evening.

At around 9.10pm, police officers spotted the man using a mobile phone while also driving without a seat belt.

He was asked by an officer to present his driving licence and told he would be booked for the offences.

The young man allegedly started shouting, threatening the officers. When they informed him he was being arrested he resisted and fell down, police said.

He was finally immobilised and handcuffed. Officers noticed scratches on his face which seemed to have been the result of the fall.

The 24-year-old was taken to the central police station where he asked to be examined by a doctor while he also filed a complaint against one of the officers.

According to police, the complaint will be examined by the independent complaints authority.

The suspect was taken to Paphos hospital under guard where he was to be examined by a state pathologist.

One of the officers also visited the hospital where the doctor on duty found abrasions on his hands and shins.

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