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A criminal appeals court on Thursday acquitted Petros Kapetanopoulos of all charges brought against him by police for his attempt to stop the brutal treatment of a migrant by police officers making an arrest.
The incident occurred on the night of July 21, 2012 in the Athens area of Kolonos when Kapetanopoulos heard commotion outside his house and came out to see what was happening. Seeing police officers stamping on a migrant that they had just arrested for suspected theft, Kapetanopoulos objected strenuously and was also placed under arrest. He was brought before a public prosecutor, who added the criminal charge of complicity in theft to the minor offenses listed by the police officers.
The criminal charge was thrown out by a Criminal Appeals Justices’ Council, however, which indicted Kapetanopoulos for attempting to free a prisoner, resisting arrest and giving false testimony under oath. These charges were also dismissed by a court on Thursday, in line with a prosecutor’s recommendation for acquittal, which found that there was insufficient evidence to support them.