|Friday, 15 December 2017|
The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 09-07-16
From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>
 Meeting at the Justice MinistryJustice Minister Nikos Dendias is to hold a meeting with the country's prison heads. Addressing corruption within the prison system will top the meeting. In the meantime, the magistrates investigating the criminal activities of the 16-member gang, which abducted shipping magnate Periklis Panagopoulos, will go to the prison the defendants are being detained.
Source: NET 105.8
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 Tupolev's Black Boxes RecoveredNews
The data recorders of the Caspian Airlines plane, which crashed in Iran on Wednesday killing all 168 people on board, were recovered, said English-speaking Iranian state-run Press TV. The White House expressed its condolences to the families of the victims.
According to Press TV, the causes of the plane crash remain sketchy.
The Caspian Airlines plane was en route from Tehran to Yerevan, Armenia, when it crashed some 16 minutes after its takeoff.
Source: Reuters, ANA/MPA
Related news: Plane Crashes in Iran
BBC: Iran plane back boxes damaged
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 Change of Guard in EYP Sparks WranglingOpposition parties are particularly sceptical about the government's proposal for the setting up of a National Council for Domestic Security made up of politicians, judges, criminologists and sociologists. In the meantime, the change of guard in EYP (Greek National Intelligence Service) is still a subject under debate, since it will be brought up at the Parliament's Standing Committee on Institutions and Transparency. Interior Minister Prokopis Pavlopoulos accepted PASOK's suggestion to let new EYP head Dimitris Papaggelopoulos and his predecessor Ioannis Corantis testify before the Parliament Committee. The government, on the other hand, made it clear that the press reports linking Corantis' replacement with the intercepted conversations regarding the abduction of shipping magnate Periklis Panagopoulos are groundless.
Asked on the replacement of Corantis, Deputy Interior Minister Christos Markogiannakis said that he knew nothing, because Corantis did not answer to him. He added, though, that he and Corantis collaborated excellently in the campaign against organized crime. He also estimated that the case in question had nothing to do with his being kicked out.
The issues of criminality and illegal immigration topped the talks held between the Deputy Interior Minister and the reps of the opposition parties. Markogiannakis unveiled the government's plan for the setting up of a National Council for Domestic Security.
The government's handling of the case has come under a lot fire. PASOK deputy Christos Papoutsis wondered whether the Greek National Intelligence Service would be run by two prosecutors.
Asked to comment on the change of guard in EYP, Aleka Papariga, secretary general of the Greek Communist Party, stressed it is a really serious matter, mainly due to the fact that the new EYP chief has been specialized in terrorism affairs.
LAOS (Popular Orthodox Rally) Giorgos Karatzaferis spoke of a childish mistake. However, he wished Papaggelopoulos success.
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