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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-08-09

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  • [01] Examining magistrate on Siemens Hellas case to go to Germany
  • [02] Fishing competition in Trikala
  • [03] Wildfires in Megara, Keratea

  • [01] Examining magistrate on Siemens Hellas case to go to Germany

    Athens special examining magistrate Nikos Zagorianos, who is investigating the Siemens bribery and kickbacks scandal in Greece, will be going to Germany in the next few days in order to be briefed on progress in the extradition of Siemens Hellas former CEO Michalis Christoforakos to Greece.

    A justice ministry announcement said that minister Nikos Dendias, following a telephone contact on Saturday night with Areios Paghos (Greek supreme court) prosecutor Ioannis Tentes on the latest facts regarding the extradition request, approved Zagorianos' trip to Germany at ministry expense.

    Zagorianos had issued an international arrest warrant for Christoforakos on May 21 after the latter failed to show up for testimony claiming, through his lawyer, that health reasons did not allow him to travel from Munich to Athens.

    Christoforakos, who was arrested in Germany under an international arrest warrant issued by Greece, has German nationality and a German passport.

    [02] Fishing competition in Trikala

    Tens of spectators watched 20 fishermen competing for 6 hours for the largest fish or the biggest catch using a fishhook at the majestic man-made Lake Logga, Trikala Municipality, in central Greece, located at an altitude of 1,000 m.

    The winner in the biggest catch competition ws Efthymios Gouziotis, while Spyros Gougoustamos caught the largest fish weighing more than 500 grams.

    [03] Wildfires in Megara, Keratea

    Two wildfires that broke out earlier in the afternoon near Megara and Keratea were reported as having been contained on Sunday evening.

    The fires, on the 5th kilometer of the Megara old national highway and in the region of Rountzeri, near Keratea, were quickly contained by strong teams of firefighters.

    The Megara blaze was being tackled by a team of 27 firefighters with 9 fire engines, assisted by two water-dropping airplanes and a helicopter, while the Keratea fire was being combated by a team of 39 firefighters with 13 fire engines.

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