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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-05-18

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  • [01] First case of swine flu in Greece now being verified
  • [02] Charges pressed in Vatopedi land exchange case

  • [01] First case of swine flu in Greece now being verified

    Greek authorities were currently in the process of verifying the first recorded case of swine flu in Greece, Health Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos announced in Geneva on Monday. According to the minister, the H1N1 virus had been detected in a Greek national recently returned from the United States and the Pasteur Institute in Athens was now carrying out a second round of tests to confirm the first results.

    "I was just informed a few minutes ago by the Hellenic Centre for Infectious Diseases Control that the Pasteur Institute is at this time examining and expected to confirm through repeat tests the first incidence of the new influenza virus H1N1 to be detected in our country. It concerns a Greek national that has returned to Greece from the United States," he said.

    Avramopoulos made the announcement while attending the WHO's 62nd World Health Assembly in Geneva.

    If the second tests confirmed the findings, Greece's Health Operations Centre and the Hellenic Centre for Infectious Diseases Control would issue a detailed announcement in accordance with international rules, he added.

    The minister said that he had been given the information at the same time as member-states of the United Nations were preparing to examine this issue of global importance.

    "I want to assure everyone that all precautions have been taken, in accordance with international and European regulations, and that this suspected case is under complete control and protection, without there being any fear for public health," Avramopoulos stressed, expressing hope that the initial findings would not finally be confirmed.

    [02] Charges pressed in Vatopedi land exchange case

    Appeals Court chief prosecutor Kyriakos Karoutsos on Monday pressed charges against "all parties responsible" for six criminal offences and three misdemeanours linked to the land exchanges between the State and the Vatopedi Monastery of Mount Athos.

    The charges are not against any specific person and cite the criminal offences committed as: breach of faith against the State, fraud committed jointly against the state, issuing false certificates at the State's expense, legalising income from illegal activities (money-laundering), as well as of morally instigating and being a direct accomplice in the above offences. The three misdemeanours are listed as breach of duty, illegally transferring ownership of a monument and violating the building code.

    The chief prosecutor simultaneously acquitted 33 individual members on the State's legal council and seven members of the monastery's council of elders, judging that there is no evidence to bring charges against them.

    During their preliminary investigation, Appeals court public prosecutors Efstathia Spyropoulou and Pantelis Stragalis had examined 62 individuals as potential suspects.

    The case file collected so far will now be referred to Appeals court judge Irene Kalou, who was appointed by the Appeals court justices plenum to conduct the judicial investigation into the case.

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