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Russian boy (11) stabbing victim in stable condition

20-year-old Dutch suspect appears before prosecutor

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Russian authorities say they are considering transferring the boy on a special flight to Moscow, if doctors deem it necessary

Aglaia Kyriakou children's hospital Aglaia Kyriakou children's hospital The 11-year-old Russian tourist stabbed by a hotel clown on Crete on Wednesday suffered spinal injuries, neurosurgeons at Athens' Aglaia Kyriakou children's hospital have said.

The boy, who was stabbed repeatedly while holidaying with his parents in a Cretan resort hotel, is in stable condition otherwise but remains in intensive care, doctors added.

Emergency services airlifted the boy to Athens after he was found in the hotel's parking lot in critical condition with 20 stab wounds, mostly to his back.

A 20-year-old Dutch national has been charged with his attempted murder. 

In Athens, the Russian boy underwent surgery and is receiving psychological support with the assistance of translators.

After he was found, he told police that the perpetrator was a Dutch entertainer working at the hotel.

Apparently the Dutchman had tried to steal the boy's laptop and cell phone.

Meanwhile, the Russian emergency situations ministry is considering transferring the boy on a special flight to Moscow, if doctors deem it necessary.
 
"The decision will be taken at the recommendation of Greek doctors and with the agreement of boy's relatives," Russian state news agency RIA-Novosti said.
 
The boy's condition "has improved slightly according to our information and if necessary we will take him to Russia," Tatiana Yakovleva, deputy public health minister, said.

Suspect

Criminal charges of attempted murder, illegal carrying of a knife, illegal use of weapons and theft have been filed against the 20-year-old Dutch national who is accused of stabbing the boy.

The suspect was led before a prosecutor in Irakleio, Crete, at 10am. He was taken in the rear entrance of the court for security reasons.

The procedure was delayed while a lawyer was appointed for the man.

On Monday, he will testify before an investigating magistrate.

Police say the man confessed to the crime, describing how he stabbed and bet the boy.

The suspect sits outside the public prosecutor's office at a court in Irakleio, Crete, 16 May 2013 (Bastian Parschau, AP) The suspect sits outside the public prosecutor's office at a court in Irakleio, Crete, 16 May 2013 (Bastian Parschau, AP) Believing he had killed him, he dragged him for 5m, left him there and planned to bury him after finishing his shift at the hotel.

Returning to the hotel, he washed himself and the knife he used and returned to work.

According to the suspect's Facebook page, he started working at the hotel on Tuesday. He had come to Crete on holiday with his family.

"Today my family left Greece and im missing them already Tuesday I will start working here till October 20th I will be an animator," he wrote.

In a post on May 1, he said: "Hey friends yesterday I got hired as a animator on my Greek vacation the job is cool you just.have to organize activities and entertain people. how I got hired is because my flawless English and my Dutch is useful to an vacation place like this. If I want I can stay here till the 30th of October."

 

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