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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 08-08-29

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  • [01] "Alitalia" Bankrupts
  • [02] Serious Incidents with Emigrants in Athens
  • [03] Silent Denial of Charges

  • [01] Italy

    "Alitalia" Bankrupts

    29 Αυγ 2008 22:03:00

    Sources: BBC

    Troubled Italian airline Alitalia has applied for bankruptcy protection as it tries to agree a deal to ensure its long-term survival.

    The carrier has sought court protection from its creditors, effectively declaring itself insolvent.

    An administrator will be appointed to handle the process, with flights continuing while the firm plans a radical overhaul of its operations. Losing 2m euros (£1.6m) a day, Alitalia has survived on a 300m-euro state loan.

    Losing 2m euros (£1.6m) a day, Alitalia has survived on a 300m-euro state loan. Plans are being drawn up to split the carrier into two and to sell a stake in a new entity to a foreign airline.

    Both Air France KLM and Lufthansa have expressed interest in investing in any new entity which emerges from the current business.

    [02] In Athens City Center

    Serious Incidents with Emigrants in Athens

    29 Αυγ 2008 20:55:00

    By Andreas Roditis

    Sources: NET-ANA

    Serious incidents were reported between about 150 emigrants from Somalia, Sudan, and Nigeria in the afternoon in Geraniou, Menandrou and Sofokleous St. Athens. According to information, the emigrants using swords, knives and globs conflicted with each other for drug dealing issues. Police officers intervened immediately.

    As it was announced later a real battle took place when an emigrant attacked police officers using an axe. The policeman answered back and injured another immigrant in his foot while a Greek pedestrian was also slightly injured too. Police forces arrested 49 suspects while investigation on the case has been ordered.

    Translated by Sofia Gartziou

    [03] Silent Denial of Charges

    29 Αυγ 2008 17:45:00

    Former political leader of Serbs in Bosnia, Radovav Karatzis denied today to declare innocent or guilty in front of the International Criminal Court regarding former Yugoslav. He is being charged with crimes of war against humanity as well as with genocide in war in Bosnia that resulted in the death of 100.000 people (1992-1995).

    This is the Courts second adduction asking from Karatzis to declare innocent or not while the first adduction took place in July when the accused preferred to use the 30 days law provides him in order to decide whether he accepts charges and he pleaded innocent of all charges.

    Translated by Sofia Gartziou

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