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Athens News Agency: News in English, 07-02-09

Athens News Agency: News in English Directory - Previous Article - Next Article

From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] IKA Governor Yiannis Vartholomeos murdered
  • [02] PM briefed by FM Bakoyannis

  • [01] IKA Governor Yiannis Vartholomeos murdered

    Social Security Foundation (IKA) Governor Yiannis Vartholomeos was found dead in the stairwell of an apartment building in the Athens district of Zografou at 6:06 on Friday evening.

    According to latest reports, Vartholmeos had bruises on his face and scratches caused under conditions of a struggle.

    The police were notified of the event by the National Medical Emergency Centre (EKAB) by telephone and a police patrol car arrived at the scene and ascertained that a man aged between 60-65 was lying dead in the stairwell and found out that he was the professor who was IKA's governor.

    The scene has been sealed off, the conditions are causes of his death are being probed, while a medical examiner is being awaited.

    A preliminary enquiry is being carried out by the Attica Security Department, with the assistance of the Criminal Investigations Department.

    The investigations are being supervised by Greek Police Chief Lieutenant General Anastasios Dimoschakis, who is being assisted by the General Inspector of Southern Greece, Lieutenant General Vassilios Tsiatouras.

    Dimoschakis ruled out the possibility of a terrorist act and added that Vartholomeos did not live in the apartment building in question.

    Vartholomeos was born in Athens in 1941 and was a professor of the Economic Science Faculty of the Piraeus University. He spoke English and had attended studies at the Economic Faculty of the Athens Economic and Commercial Sciences University. He also received a masters degree in philosophy by the English York University in December 1973 and did his doctorate at Leicester University in England in 1980.

    Ioannis Vartholomeos assumed the administration of IKA on June 12, 2004.

    [02] PM briefed by FM Bakoyannis

    Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis was briefed by Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis here on Friday, following her two-day visit to the northeastern border province of Thrace earlier in the week.

    Foreign policy issues were also discussed during the meeting at the premier's Maximos Mansion office, although no specific statements were made afterwards.

    Meanwhile, in brief statements after her meeting with Karamanlis, Bakoyannis dismissed criticism by main opposition PASOK over her tour of the province, in answer to a press question.

    "(The tour) was not an exercise in foreign policy. The foreign minister is an important government official and has the ability to tour all of Greece. I regret the fact that I have caused worry for PASOK, but I imagine that it (PASOK) will be able to survive it."

    She also roundly criticised PASOK's no-confidence motion against the government in Parliament late last week, saying a handful of opinion polls this week show that the suprise political development failed to generate a majority of the public's backing.

    Earlier, Karamanlis met with German Bundestag President Norbert Lammert.


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