Greek authorities have arrested a heart surgeon in a major Athens hospital on charges of bribery and blackmail for allegedly demanding money in order to perform urgent surgery, police said Thursday.
The 59-year-old doctor, who was not named, was arrested in Athens on Wednesday following an investigation triggered by a complaint from a patient who suffered a heart attack.
According to the complaint, the surgeon initially demanded 1,500 euros ($2,040) to perform bypass surgery, allegedly threatening to release the patient if the money was not paid.
Police said a relative of the patient met with the doctor and handed him 500 euros in marked bills, after which plain-clothes police officers waiting nearby arrested the surgeon.
Apart from the marked bills, doctors said they also confiscated another 355 euros found in the doctor’s possession, as well as handwritten notes containing the names of other doctors at the hospital and monetary amounts.