Mykonos mayor files complaint against former minister, police chief over police staffing

The mayor of Mykonos island filed a complaint against the former Citizen Protection Minister Nikos Toskas and the chief of Hellenic Police at the Supreme Court (Areios Pagos) on Wednesday, over lack of adequate police staff on the cosmopolitan island.

Mayor Constantine Koukas claimed that the recently relieved minister and the police ignored his repeated pleas for additional staffing on the island, and called for an investigation into “phenomena of violence and lawlessness,” including an attack of the city council president in public.

Koukas said that he had repeatedly met with, asked for and reported on the lack of adequate policing the popular island faces during its high summer season, when tourists from Greece and abroad flock to Mykonos and raise the population total to as high as 200,000.

He added that he had written to the prime minister about the issue, briefed Interior Minister Panos Skourletis of his filed complaint, and committed to providing housing and supplementary funding for more police staff.