Man in ‘mistaken’ Interpol arrest case says he hid Israeli identity in Greek jail

Dudi Ashkenazi, the Israeli vacationer apparently accidentally arrested in Greece on an Interpol warrant, tells Israel’s Channel 12 news that he suffered two weeks of “hell,” and was placed in the same block as violent criminals, including people from Iran, Gaza, Syria and other places where Israelis are not usually welcomed.

He tells the channel from the Greek island of Kos, where he remains under a protective order pending resolution of his case, that everyone in the prison respected each other, though he tried hiding his identity at first.

Dudi Ashkenazi at a cafe in Kos, Greece, in footage aired on July 6, 2022. (screen capture: Channel 12)

“People naturally ask, where are you from, where are you from? You always answer… you don’t always want to say you are Israeli because you don’t know who is across from you,” he says, looking relaxed as he sits at a cafe.

“What should I say? I’m from the Maldives,” he quips.

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