AEK fan charged with attempted murder

May 12, 2006

ATHENS, May 12 (Reuters) - One of the AEK Athens football supporters arrested after a riot on board a ferry bringing fans back from Iraklion after Wednesday's Greek Cup final, has been charged with attempted murder.

The man, who was charged by a public prosecutor on Friday, allegedly fired a flare on to the pier while the ferry was sailing into Rafina harbour, just outside Athens.

The flare hit a police officer who was taken to hospital.

He is being held in custody and will appear in court again on Monday to make his deposition.

Three other AEK supporters face lesser charges of causing extensive damage to property after the rioting fans wrecked the interior of the ferry at an estimated cost of 150,000 euros.

One of them was additionally charged with illegal arms possession and illegal use of a crowbar.

They are also being held in custody and will face a First Instance court on Monday.