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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-09-28

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Justices' union criticises statement by Parliament com't chair
  • [02] Protesting truck owner arrested for attack on foreign driver
  • [03] Cargo ship searched for illegal weapons, systems
  • [04] Stocks end 1.59% lower

  • [01] Justices' union criticises statement by Parliament com't chair

    The Union of Justices and Prosecutors, in an announcement on Tuesday, expressed what it called its intense dissatisfaction with the chairman of a Parliament committee, PASOK MP Sifis Valyrakis, investigating the Siemens kickbacks and bribery furor.

    Valyrakis was quoted as saying that "a possible refusal to prosecute (Panaghis) Vourloumis will comprise slander against democracy and the Greek people."

    The union said its board of directors unanimously expressed criticism of the statement, as "Mr. Valyrakis appears to ignore the constitutionally mandated and separate roles of state institutions; appearing as a critic of the judiciary, whose independence is disputed by his specific statement."

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    [02] Protesting truck owner arrested for attack on foreign driver

    (ANA-MPA) -- A 41-year-old truck owner was led before a prosecutor in the northern city of Kavala on Tuesday accused of slightly injuring a 55-year-old Bulgarian truck driver and damaging the latter's vehicle.

    The incident was reported as truck owners in Greece continue various protests against now ratified legislation finally liberalising the road freight transport sector in the country.

    The 41-year-old, who is accused of obstructing traffic, damaging private property and assault, was identified by the victim as one of the truck owners whose vehicles were parked along the Nea Karvali section of the Egnatia motorway which stretches across the breadth of northern Greece.

    The suspect and other four suspects, as yet unidentified, allegedly used private cars at dawn on Monday to block the highway and force the 55-year-old Bulgarian national to stop his truck at the Stavros Amigdaleonas section of the Egnatia motorway. (ANA-MPA)

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    [03] Cargo ship searched for illegal weapons, systems

    (ANA-MPA) -- Military experts conducted a search on a German-flagged cargo ship on Tuesday at the port of Piraeus following a request by the coast guard -- in response to information by a third party country -- to check whether the vessel in question allegedly carried material used in building arms.

    Based on the inspection conducted, the materials discovered could have both commercial and military use (dual use), defence ministry sources said.

    The vessel is allegedly French-owned and originated from Asia.

    Syria appears to be the ship's destination, according to its bill of laden documents, although the authenticity of the latter is questionable. Authorities are also examining whether the vessel's cargo is North Korean.

    The case is handled by the coast guard.

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    [04] Stocks end 1.59% lower

    Stocks ended significantly lower at the Athens Stock Exchange on Tuesday, hit by a wave of selling focusing on bank stocks.

    The composite index of the market fell 1.59 pct to end at 1,472.50 points, off the day‚s lows. Turnover was an improved 118.133 million euros. National Bank‚s shares fell 3.15 pct, Cyprus Bank was down 6.53 pct and ATEbank fell 6.19 pct. The Big Cap index dropped 2.43 pct, the Mid Cap index ended 1.39 pct down and the Small Cap index fell 1.67 pct.

    The Food (1.55 pct) and Utilities (1.46 pct) sectors scored gains, while Banks (4.18 pct) and Commerce (3.20 pct) suffered the heaviest percentage losses of the day. Broadly, decliners led advancers by 133 to 39 with another 43 issues unchanged.

    Edrasi (10 pct), Kri-Kri (9.09 pct) and Space Hellas (8.89 pct) were top gainers, while Elfico (18.87 pct), Logismos (16.98 pct) and Attikat (13.33 pct) were top losers.

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