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Greece expresses regret over assaulted Korean tourist in Athens: Seoul official
SEOUL, Oct. 30 (Yonhap) -- The Greek government has expressed regrets over a Korean tourist who was allegedly assaulted by police officers in Athens earlier this month, Seoul's foreign ministry official said Tuesday.

   The Korean tourist, identified only by the surname Jeon, was allegedly beaten by several police officers including plain-clothes officers and arrested on Oct. 16 after the police demanded the man show identification, according to the foreign ministry here. No reason was given for the alleged assault, it added.

   "Our ambassador to Greece met with the European country's Citizen Protection Minister, who is in charge of police operations there. He expressed regrets over the incident," the senior official told reporters, requesting anonymity.

   The officers apologized to the alleged victim for their violence and the Greek authorities are closely investigating the case, the official added.

   Last week when the alleged assault was first reported, the foreign ministry here said it had sent a diplomatic document to the Greek authorities to call for a thorough investigation of the incident and stern punishment for those responsible.