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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-08-12

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  • [01] Five Britons accused of attack on British soccer player in Malia released on bail
  • [02] ASE opening: Rise

  • [01] Five Britons accused of attack on British soccer player in Malia released on bail

    ANA-MPA/Five Britons accused of seriously injuring then British Oxford United FC soccer player Robert Hughes two years ago in Malia, Crete, were released on bail Wednesday after testifying before a local investigating magistrate in Hania, following their extradition to Greece.

    The five British man, aged 20-22, from Surrey and Sussex, who were arrested in December in Britain under European arrest warrants after failing to appear before the Greek judicial authorities, have denied taking part in the incident. A British court in February ordered their extradition to Greece to stand trial.

    The five were released on bail, pending trial, ranging from 3,000 to 12,000 euros.

    The five are accused of attacking Hughes, who was on holiday in Malia, in June 2008, causing severe head and skull injuries and coma. Hughes underwent three brain operations and spent three months at the Heraklion University Hospital. Doctors said at the time that it was a miracle that the British soccer player survived his injuries, but he still faces serious health problems today.

    A total of six British men are facing charges over the attack -- although a larger number were involved in the incident, according to police -- five of which appeared before the Heraklion investigating magistrate for testimony on Wednesday.

    [02] ASE opening: Rise

    Equity prices were rising at the opening of trade on Thursday on the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE), with the basic share price index up 1.16 percent, standing at 1,666.11 points at 11:00 am, and turnover at 9.100 million euros.

    Individual sector indices were moving mostly upward, with the biggest gains in Banks, up 1.71 percent; and Financial Services, up 1.70 percent.

    The biggest losses were in Food and Beverages, down 1.03 percent; and Oil, down 0.41 percent.

    The FTSE/ASE 20 index for blue chip and heavily traded stocks was up 0.71 percent, the FTSE/ASE MID 40 index was down 0.14 percent, and the FTSE/ASE-80 small cap index was up 0.60 percent.

    Of the stocks traded, 37 were up, 14 were down, and 10 were unchanged.

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