Burundi’s ex-police officer seeks to become Greece’s first black MP

Burundi-born ex-policeman Spiros Richard Hagabimana, is seeking to become Greece’s first black MP, in a country where migrants rarely hold public offices.

He is contesting in the south-eastern Piraeus II electoral district under the conservative New Democracy party, in the May twenty one election.

The fifty-four-year-old recounted how as a police office he was jailed in Burundi in twenty fifteen for refusing to open fire on anti-government protesters.

He was later released from jail with the help of Greek authorities and returned to Athens in twenty sixteen.