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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-12-12

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

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  • [01] PM cites plan for dealing with eco crisis
  • [02] Convictions handed down in hooligan-related homicide

  • [01] PM cites plan for dealing with eco crisis

    Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis on Friday referred to a comprehensive plan to deal with the global economic crisis' repercussions on Greece, especially measures to support the economically weaker segments of society, speaking to reporters at the end of an EU summit in Brussels.

    "We're continuing with reforms in order to ensure a brighter day after," he said, citing the need for a responsible and effective policy.

    Karamanlis said European leaders agreed over the need for coordinated measures that will not, however, affect growth.

    "Whatever fiscal stimulation must be compatible with the opportunities available in the Stability Pact," he said, adding that spasmodic and short-term reactions must be avoided.

    He also noted that EU leaders agreed over the guarantees to be offered to Ireland in order to facilitate the way for another referendum on the Lisbon Treaty. Other talks focused on climate change, CAP and Europe's security and defence policy.

    [02] Convictions handed down in hooligan-related homicide

    One of 27 defendants in a high-profile murder trial related to a deadly "rumble" between rival football club supporters that left a 25-year-old man stabbed to death, was found guilty on Friday of first degree murder and handed down a life sentence. An Athens criminal appeals court issued its verdict after a lengthy trial, finding Christos Sakatis guilty without extenuating circumstances. Two of the defendants, Nikos Vogiopoulos and Vassilis Psikakos, were sentenced to 10 years in prison for complicity to commit homicide. Sentences between 3 and 6 months were handed down to eight defendants for illegal arms possession. The remaining defendants were found not guilty. Several hooded individuals, who had gathered outside the courthouse, caused limited incidents after the ruling was issued, before being repelled by riot police. Filopoulos, a Panathinaikos Athens supporter, was stabbed to death in March 2007 during the "rumble" between hooligans from Olympiakos Piraeus and Panathinaikos.
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