Greek Politician Sues Women He Attacked

Ilias Kasidiaris dodges arrest over televised slaps
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 11, 2012 12:16 PM CDT
Greek Politician Sues Women He Attacked
Ilias Kasidiaris, center, escorted by party members talks to media outside the prosecutor's office in Athens, Monday June, 11, 2012.   (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

Last week, extreme-right Greek politician Ilias Kasidiaris slapped one woman and dumped water on another on live television. This weekend, he managed to duck an arrest; now it's Kasidiaris who is suing the women, the AP reports. He says that he was insulted on the talk show, and that one of the women—a Communist party candidate—smacked him with a newspaper before he attacked. The Golden Dawn party spokesman is also suing a journalist he says was behind the arrest order.

Kasidiaris escaped arrest by keeping a low profile over the weekend; Greek law says arrests over misdemeanors must occur by midnight of the day after the offense. Failing that, a trial date may be set, but it may not occur for months or years. Thus far, no date has been set for Kasidiaris in this case; he does, however, face a September court appearance over alleged involvement in an attack on a student in 2007. The appearance was initially set for today, but was postponed. (Read more Ilias Kasidiaris stories.)

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