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forwarded to the prosecutor without the fee are archived immediately. Ultimately he

accepted the statement without the fee, and in an email on March 13, 2012, the Aghios

Panteleimonas police station informed Human Rights Watch that the Sharife’s complaint

had been forwarded on January 18, 2012 to the Athens Public Prosecutor. The prosecutor

reportedly ordered a preliminary investigation on January 31, 2012. The message further

stated that “daily foot and car patrols are dispatched from our service for the policing of

the area under our responsibility in order to prevent criminal acts against citizens and for

the enforcement of existing laws.” 76

Sharife also called the police after the incident on January 15, 2012, when assailants

sprayed tear gas into her apartment, and again after a further attack in April 2012. She said

the police came on both occasions, took her statement, and urged her to relocate. She has

not heard from them since, nor is she aware of any developments in the investigation,

despite the fact that she provided information on the neighbor she suspects of

involvement in the January 15 attack. 77

Said Jafari, the 40-year-old Afghan owner of the internet café next to Sharife’s apartment,

told us he has had to change his store-front window three times because of similar

attacks. There were two attacks in 2010, and one in August 2011. On that last occasion,

someone wrote “Foreigners Out” in blue letters on the store-front shutters. After Jafari

reported the incident to the Aghios Panteleimonas police station, the police painted black

markings over the words to try to obscure the message, but the writing is still clearly

visible. Jafari complained that he was refused a copy of the complaint he filed, and that the

police took no action in response to his repeated reports to them linking a group of people

who gather at a café on the corner of the square to these attacks. 78

Human Rights Watch documented 23 other serious attacks that took place in the Aghios

Panteleimonas neighborhood between August 2009 and April 2012. Three of these are

described below.

76 Email to Human Rights Watch from Aghios Panteleimonas police station, March 13, 2012. On file at Human Rights Watch.

77 Human Rights Watch interview with Razia Sharife, Athens, May 8, 2012.

78 Human Rights Watch interview with Said Jafari, Athens, January 11, 2012.


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