A court in Greece has ordered two policemen to be held in prison pending their trial over the fatal shooting of a teenage boy.
One officer has been charged with murder over the death, which has sparked days of rioting. The other officer has been charged as an accomplice.
Defence lawyer Alexis Cougias said: “He (my client) fired a shot in the air to save his life and now, because of these truly unfortunate events, the death of a child that has shattered all of us, he and his family are being destroyed.”
The lawyer says a ballistics examination has shown that the 15-year-old victim was killed by a ricochet and not a direct shot.
But any attempt to calm tensions over the death will not be helped by images published in the media: officers are seen brandishing pistols and then firing shots into the air during recent street clashes.
Riot police battled with demonstrators for a fifth day yesterday, leaving businesses torched and looted. There was also a general strike in a protest over the economic and social policies of the conservative government.
One opinion poll suggested that 68 percent of Greeks believe the government has mishandled the crisis.