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Athens News Agency: News in English, 11-06-30

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Supreme Court upholds sentencing in cocaine case
  • [02] Informal cabinet meeting on Thursday
  • [03] Defendants in match-fixing case to testify next week
  • [04] Changes in tax legislation
  • [05] PPC suspends strike
  • [06] No ships on Thursday
  • [07] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] Supreme Court upholds sentencing in cocaine case

    ANA-MPA/The Supreme Court upheld Athens criminal court prison sentences handed down on three individuals accused of trafficking nearly four kilos of cocaine in the summer of 2000, it was announced on Wednesday.

    The defendants, Elias Laimos, a resident of Milan, Italy and owner of the ship "Suetre I", was sentenced to 18 years in prison and fined with 250,000 euros; ship owner Filippos Makris received seven years and a 50,000-euro fine, while businessman Angelos Kanakis was sentenced to seven years and fined with 50,000 euros. ana-mpa

    The cocaine was supposed to be transported from Venezuela to Spain but this did not happen after the intervention of the Venezuelan coast guard on the Orinoco River, which prevented the boats carrying the drugs to approach "Suetre I".

    According to Greek authorities, the ship owned by Elias Laimos was purchased with money from Colombian drug lords Luis Navia and Ivan de la Vega.

    More details on the subscriber's page of ANA-MPA | Subscription request form

    [02] Informal cabinet meeting on Thursday

    ANA-MPA/Prime Minister George Papandreou will chair an informal cabinet meeting on Thursday afternoon, it was announced on Wednesday night.

    Later on Thursday, Papandreou will host, as Socialist International (SI) President, a dinner for the members of the SI's presidium, ahead of a two day SI council meeting on Friday and Saturday.

    On Wednesday night, Papandreou met with Italian architect Renzo Piano, who is collaborating with the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) for the Foundation's cultural center (SNFCC) at the Faliron Delta in southern coastal Athens.

    More details on the subscriber's page of ANA-MPA | Subscription request form

    [03] Defendants in match-fixing case to testify next week

    ANA-MPA/Defendants in the match-fixing case that has rocked Greek professional football will be called to testify within the next few days, judicial sources said on Wednesday.

    The first of the 68 defendants, facing felony and misdemeanour charges, will receive summonses most likely on Tuesday.

    Meanwhile, alleged bookmaker Vassilis Geortsiakos was released with restrictions following his testimony. Geortsiakos was released on a 30,000-euro bail, and is banned from leaving the country.

    More details on the subscriber's page of ANA-MPA | Subscription request form

    [04] Changes in tax legislation

    ANA-MPA/Greek Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos on Wednesday announced a series of improvements in a draft legislation which will implement a Mid-term Fiscal Strategy Program for the period 2012-2015.

    The changes, which the Greek FinMin characterized as "generous measures of social sensitivity", envisage raising a tax-exempt income ceiling for families with more than one child. Under the changes, the tax-exempt income ceiling for families with one child will be raised by 2,000, with two children by 4,000, for three children by 12,500 euros and by 2,500 euros for each child more than three. "The result is a very significant tax relief for families with several children," Venizelos said.

    Another change envisages that handicapped people would be burdened with an extra tax charge, while a 5.0 pct windfall tax on the incomes of deputies and elected municipal authorities would be expanded to include ministry high-ranking officials and the heads of all organizations and enterprises appointed directly, or indirectly, by the state.

    More details on the subscriber's page of ANA-MPA | Subscription request form

    [05] PPC suspends strike

    ANA-MPA/The union representing Public Power Corp. (PPC) employees on Wednesday evening announced that it was suspending rolling strikes, an industrial action that caused temporary outages in certain parts of the country over recent days.

    The powerful union, which often acts independently of other umbrella labour groupings, said it was going to file a lawsuit against the Greek state in order to ensure that its pension fund continues to be guaranteed by the state.

    More details on the subscriber's page of ANA-MPA | Subscription request form

    [06] No ships on Thursday

    ANA-MPA/Ships will remain docked in ports throughout Greece on Thursday, due to a 24-hour strike called by the Panhellenic Seamen's Federation (PNO).

    No ships were sailing from Piraeus on Wednesday as well, due to a 48-hour nationwide labour strike launched on Tuesday.

    More details on the subscriber's page of ANA-MPA | Subscription request form

    [07] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Thursday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    The Parliament plenary's ratification of the Medium-Term Fiscal Strategy Framework 2012-2015 and the violence in Athens, mostly dominated the headlines on Thursday in Athens' newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "They burden us and with the Mid-Term programme".

    AVGHI: " 'Yes' from riot police and PASOK's 'troops' (MPs)."

    AVRIANI: "Security police wearing hoods had set off the scuffles in Syntagma square and left Athens to burn".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "Memorandum with tears and blood".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "State terror orgy".

    ESTIA: "This is how we reached chaos".

    ETHNOS: "Greece of sighs".

    IMERISSIA: "Mid-term breather - Implementation of the measures the wager now'.

    KATHIMERINI: "Loan breather and outbreak of violence".

    NAFTEMPORIKI: "Parliament's 'yes' opens the implementation battle".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "Organised provocation targeting the popular movement".

    TA NEA: "155 votes = 120 billion euros".

    VRADYNI: "Riot police wounded democracy".

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