Altered mug shots spur probe into Greek police beatings


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A handout mug shot shows suspected bank robber Nikolaos Romanos, 20, as distributed by the Greek police February 2, 2013. A Greek prosecutor ordered an investigation on February 4 into whether four suspected bank robbers were beaten in custody after police published mug shots that were altered to make their injuries appear less severe. Photos published in the Greek media of the men, who were aged between 20 and 25 and arrested on Friday, show them bruised and bleeding while being escorted by police. But mug shots released by the police over the weekend had injuries missing. One had been altered to remove a purple bruise from beneath the suspect's left eye. In another, black bruises below the suspect's eyes and cheeks appear to have been erased. Public Order Minister Nikos Dendias acknowledged the photographs had been altered, but defended the decision by saying it was to make the four men recognisable to the public. REUTERS/Greek Police/Handout