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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-12-08

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  • [01] PM briefed by finance, econ ministers
  • [02] Charges stand in Zammit case
  • [03] LA.OS blasts univ. asylum

  • [01] PM briefed by finance, econ ministers

    Prime Minister George Papandreou met with Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou on Tuesday, with the latter advising calm in the face of exerted international pressure due to the state of the Greek economy.

    Papaconstantinou attributed the international pressure to a combination of profiteering, which he termed "classic", and to "impatience" on the part of EU partners, who are anxious to see results from the Greek economy.

    After meeting with Papaconstantinou, the prime minister received Economy & Competition Minister Louka Katseli.

    Katseli spoke afterwards of the need for change in the framework of funding businesses. Along those lines, two ministry bills will be up for discussion during Wednesday's cabinet meeting, concerning heavily indebted households and businesses, respectively.

    [02] Charges stand in Zammit case

    (ANA-MPA) -- Greece's Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by a criminal case defendant against a lower appeals court ruling indicting him on intentional homicide charges in the death of 20-year-old Australian tourist Doujon Zammit.

    Zammit's beating death, which generated international media coverage, occurred outside a bar on the island of Mykonos in late July 2008.

    Marios-Sosipatros Antonopoulos, a bouncer at the now defunct "Tropicana" club at the time of the fatal incident, will also be charged with the attempted homicide of other foreign tourists accompanying the victim, possession of a lethal weapon and unprovoked dangerous bodily harm. Two other men who were with the primary suspect will face attempted homicide charges.

    The incident occurred on July 28, 2008, when the group of young Australians was allegedly attacked by Antonopoulos. The latter is accused of hitting them repeatedly with a collapsible metal truncheon, while continuing to punch Zammit even as he lay covered with blood on the ground, according to witnesses' testimony.

    The young Australian lost consciousness in an ambulance taking him to the island's health centre and was subsequently flown to a hospital in Athens, where he died on Aug. 2.

    [03] LA.OS blasts univ. asylum

    Popular Orthodox Rally (LA.OS) party leader George Karatzaferis has tabled a question for the prime minister requesting information on whether the government intends to maintain the existing legal framework regarding university asylum.

    "It is evident that the institution of university asylum has turned into a means for the demolition of the very values for whose protection it was established," Karatzaferis underlined.

    "In many cases, persons having nothing to do with the university, and while invoking university asylum, charge onto its premises, usually having their face covered, merely to resort to violence and destruction," he added.

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