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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 09-07-09

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  • [01] Suspects on Siemens Case Released on Bail
  • [02] Five More Kidnappers Testify
  • [03] A.Tsipras Meeting with Commercial Bank Employees
  • [04] Attacks against Municipal Police
  • [05] G8 Set Targets for Emission Cuts
  • [06] Five Kidnappers Detained

  • [01] Suspects on Siemens Case Released on Bail

    The wife and daughter of Christos Karavellas, a former Siemens Hellas executive who is wanted in Greece for questioning in connection to bribery charges, as well as yet another defendant on the same case, were decided to be released from custody in Korydallos jail. Martha Karavella, wife of Christos Karavellas, and Emmanouil Stavrianos will have to post 60,000 euros in bail each and agree not to leave the country, while Salina Karavella, the fugitive's daughter, will have to post 30,000 euros in bail.

    In particular, the court ruling said that Emmanouil Stavrianos has to be released because he did not try to leave the country, he cannot commit new offences since he is no longer a Siemens executive, and furthermore, he has health problems.

    The ruling on the release of Christos Karavellas' wife and daughter was based on similar grounds.

    News item: 24626

    [02] Five More Kidnappers Testify

    Two of the remaining five arrestees for the abduction of shipping magnate Periklis Panagopoulos testified Thursday to the magistrate. It's Giorgos Trouboukis and Giannis Thodis. Shortly before his testimony, Trouboukis told reporters he was involved in the abduction because he was and still is afraid for his life. He also said he feels lucky being a defendant and not dead.

    The first five members of the gang were remanded in custody after their deposition on Wednesday, while police are close to shedding light to the murder of two businessmen by the members of the gang.

    All five defendants, Apostolos Petrakis, Giorgos Katsaganis, Emmanouil Skarlatos, Aristomenis Kleftogiannis and Politimi Georga, who are suspected members of a ring led by Panagiotis Vlastos, denied the charges pressed against them.

    While new evidence on the gang's activities is surfacing, the revelation that the Agia Prison chief Mr Kyriakakis was allegedly involved in the transfer of ringleader Panagiotis Vlastos forced the Justice Minister to suspend him and order a sworn administrative inquiry.

    In the meantime, Deputy Interior Minister Christos Markogiannakis praised the Greek Police for breaking up the gang while visiting the Athens police headquarters.

    Source: NET, NET 105.8

    News item: 24622

    [03] A.Tsipras Meeting with Commercial Bank Employees

    SYN president Alexis Tsipras underlined the need for alternative state intervention in the financial system during his meeting with the Union of Commercial Bank Employees.

    In his speech, Mr. Tsipras characteristically said: ÔTaking the opportunity of today's meeting with the Union of Commercial Bank Employees, we repeat our proposal for alternative political intervention of the state in the financial system and state inspection of part of the financial system to prevent uncontrollable activities of banks leading to creation of cartels burdening consumers and society in general. Bankers should respect collective agreements with the Federation of Bank Unions instead of submitting purging proposals targeted at transferring their losses to employeesÔ.

    Mr. Tsipras stressed that PASOK and ND privatization policy has completely failed leading to dissolution of economy and labour relations and shrinkage of the public sector.

    The president of the Commercial Bank's Employees Union George Konstantopoulos said that he had briefed SYN president on the problems of employees.

    News item: 24618

    [04] Attacks against Municipal Police

    Two attacks with gas canisters targeted against municipal police, five minutes apart from each other, occurred on Wednesday. Unknown people planted self- made explosive devices ( using gas canisters) under the car of Papagos municipality and at the entrance of Holargos municipal police station destroying the car in the first incident and causing material damage to the building in the second incident.

    In a separate incident , an unknown group, having heads covered in hoods, threw three Molotov bombs at the building housing Sports Union, in Sykea causing material damage.

    NET 105.8, ANA

    News item: 24609

    [05] G8 Set Targets for Emission Cuts


    The Group of Eight industrial countries on Wednesday agreed to a statement setting the goal of holding global warming to an increase of 2 degrees Celsius and targets for emissions cuts. Sweden, Germany and Britain expressed satisfaction at the draft declaration but China, India and Russia reacted to adopt specific targets for gas emission cuts.

    In parallel, the G8 developed nations promised an additional $25 billion in annual aid to Africa for the period 2004-2010.

    The agenda of talks also included Pakistan. The G8 leaders expressed solidarity with Pakistan in its fight against the Taliban and called on Afghanistan to ensure credible and safe elections- scheduled for August, 20- reflecting the people's will.

    The G8 said it was committed to finding a diplomatic solution to Iran's nuclear program and they would review the situation at a G20 meeting of developed and developing countries in Pittsburgh on September, 24 and 25. If there would be no progress by then the G8 leaders would have to take decisions, indicating that tougher sanctions might be imposed if Tehran continued to resist negotiations. They also expressed concern at the political crisis after presidential elections on June, 12.

    North Korea missile tests could not be out of the agenda of talks. The G8 statement condemned recent missile tests in North Korea, saying they were a danger to peace and stability, urging North Korea to engage in dialogue and cooperation. A Summit meeting on nuclear security will be held in Washington, in March

    News item: 24600

    [06] Five Kidnappers Detained

    Five members of the gang that had organized the kidnapping of shipping magnate Periklis Panagopoulos were remanded in custody after interrogation. They all denied charges. New evidence on the criminal activities of the gang keep coming to light, among them revelation that the director of Agias prison, in Hania had been intervening for the transfer of the gang's mastermind Panagiotis Blastos. Justice Minister has immediately ordered his relief from the post and conduction of in depth investigation.

    Following interrogation procedures, 5 suspects in Periklis Panagopoulos kidnapping case were held in detention on charges of being members of a gang with a large number of criminal activities. The names of the alleged suspects are Apostolos Petrakis, George Katasayiannis, Emmannuel Skarlatos, Aristomenis Kleftoyiannis, and Politimi Georga who deny any involvement in the kidnap case but have no idea of their recorded telephone conversation in the hands of the police.

    All 5 suspects were charged with several counts of assault, supply and possession of explosives and moral instigation. Another five suspects are facing interrogator on Friday while 5 members of the gang also held in detention will be interrogated on Monday.

    Sources: ═┼ď,═┼ď 105.8-┴NA.╠PA

    News item: 24590

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