Helena Smith in Athens
guardian.co.uk, Monday 4 February 2013 20.17 GMT
Greek authorities on Monday faced an uproar after allegations that police had brutally beaten four suspected members of a local terrorist group before publishing manipulated mugshots of the men in a crude attempt to disguise their injuries.
A prominent Athens prosecutor ordered an investigation after relatives of the men – aged between 20 and 24 – accused Greek police of adopting "Guantanamo- style" tactics.
There was a public outcry after the media published doctored pictures of the suspects who were arrested on Friday after attempting to rob two banks in the crisis-hit north. Despite digitally altering the photos the detainees bruised eyes and lips were evident.
Promising that instances of torture, would not be tolerated, the Greek public order minister, Nikos Dendias, said "punishment will be merciless".