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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 14-03-30

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  • [01] Dead inmate's injuries inflicted at different times, investigation shows
  • [02] Milk expiry at seven days after last-minute change

  • [01] Dead inmate's injuries inflicted at different times, investigation shows

    ANA-MPA -- The injuries found on dead prison inmate Ili Kareli were inflicted at different times, prosecution sources said on Sunday, citing evidence from the preliminary investigation into his death. The urgent inquiry was ordered by the head of Amfissa's public prosecutors Nikos Antonakos on Saturday.

    Roughly a day earlier, Kareli had been found dead in his cell at Nigrita Prison, where he had been transferred after stabbing a prison guard to death in the prison at Malandrinos. A coroner's report showed that he had suffered numerous injuries, including a broken sternum, prior to his death.

    "We will not cover for anyone or anything, ample light will be shed on the case," sources with access to the ongoing investigation said. Regarding the injuries on the body, they said the burn on his right palm occurred at a different time from the broken sternum revealed in the autopsy.

    Correctional officers at Malandrinos, who have already been interrogated and given statements to police, have supplied documents and evidence, according to which the burn on Kareli's hand did not occur while he was in Malandrinos prison.

    The same sources said that the mark on his hand was not present during his transfer before a judge, while when he was taken to Itea police station, a report said that during his transfer the prisoner had bruising and a black eye.

    The prisoner, an Albanian national serving a lengthy sentence in Malandrinos prison, had fatally injured 46-year-old prison guard Giorgios Tsironis with a makeshift knife on March 25. He had been transferred to Nigrita Prison for safety and was found dead in his cell shortly after his arrival.

    [02] Milk expiry at seven days after last-minute change

    ANA-MPA -- Development and Competitiveness Minister Costis Hatzidakis, whose ministry was a key player in negotiating reforms with the troika representing Greece's lenders, announced "improvements" to the final version of the draft omnibus bill, while addressing the Parliament plenum debating the bill on Sunday night.

    The revised articles announced by Hatzidakis stipulate that pasteurised milk will henceforth expire seven days after its date of production. Other changes refer to the uniform price for books and further clarify the term 'works of literature' that will retain a uniform price.

    An article allowing work on Sunday on 52 Sundays a year as a pilot phase in tourist areas was reworded to restrict the pilot operation to 'three' areas, rather than 'at least three'.

    There were also a number of changes to sundry issues, such as the abolition of a ban on companies raising prices ahead of the issue of a code of conduct for consumer protection issues, abolition of electronic records of detergents and others.

    Addressing the Parliament plenum during Sunday's debate, Hatzidakis accused main opposition Radical Left Coalition (SYRIZA) of being the "movement of high prices," fighting for causes such as "preventing the abolition of a guaranteed profit margin for 34 pct for pharmacists" and devastated "because books will not be sold 50-100pct above the prices in other European countries".

    "We have an opposition and main opposition that believes in the dogma that we can invest without investors and that we serve consumers by keeping prices high," he said, accusing SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras of "moving in the sphere of political surrealism" with his no-confidence motion against Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras.

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