20 October, 2004
The government on Tuesday reiterated its harsh and decisive condemnation of the attack against journalist Filippos Syrigos the previous day, the intent of which was homicide, according to doctors at the Central Clinic of Athens, who said the injuries were directed at the journalist's vital organs.
The government's condemnation was reiterated by deputy government spokesman Evangelos Antonaros in reply to questions during a regular press briefing. Antonaros said that the investigation into the incident was underway.
Syrigos, editor-in-chief of the sports desk at Eleftherotypia daily, was attacked by two hooded persons riding a motorcycle and wielding knives and crowbars in the Kallithea district on Monday afternoon as he was leaving the Super Sport FM radio station after completing his radio program. Syrigos managed to contact his colleagues by cell phone, who rushed him to the General Clinic, where he was rushed into surgery for treatment of the serious wounds head, torso and extremities. According to the attending physicians, Syrigos' health was not in a life-threatening condition.
The incident was universally condemned by the government, political parties, athletic federations and organizations, and the Athens union of journalists.
Director of the Athens First Instance Prosecutor's Office Dimitris Papaggelopoulos on Tuesday instructed prosecutor Panayotis Athanasiou to go to the hospital to speak with the doctors and head the investigation into locating the perpetrators.
The attending physicians told Athanasiou that the intention of the attack was homicide, given the type of injuries suffered by Syrigos. According to sources, the doctors told the prosecutor that the perpetrators had attempted to damage the journalist's vital organs.
Source: Athens News Agency