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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 2003-08-06

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From: The Macedonian Press Agency at http://www.mpa.gr and http://www.hri.org/MPA.


MACEDONIAN PRESS AGENCY Thessaloniki, August 6, 2003

SECTIONS

  • [A] NATIONAL NEWS
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • NEWS HEADLINES

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

  • [01] BRITISH TOURIST MEETS WITH TRAGIC DEATH
  • [02] SMALL DROP IN TOURISM SAYS TSOCHATZOPOULOS
  • [03] A QUESTION OF SOLIDARITY
  • [04] GIOTOPOULOS AGREES
  • [05] COUNTDOWN TO THE TIF
  • [06] TENSION IN COURT BETWEEN DEFENSE ATTORNEYS
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

    NEWS IN DETAILS

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

  • [01] BRITISH TOURIST MEETS WITH TRAGIC DEATH A British tourist met with a tragic accident in the early morning hours of Tuesday, in Faliraki, Rhodes, when for unknown reasons he attempted to crawl under a rubbish collection vehicle.

    According to unconfirmed information, the tourist attempted this action after a bet placed with his friends.

    But at that moment, the driver started the vehicle, and drove over Benney M. Matthew, aged 30, killing him.

    The driver and the two workers in the back of the truck testified that all the British were drunk, while the victim's friends claimed they "suddenly lost him".

    The driver was taken to the DA and charged with involuntary manslaughter and was then released.

  • [02] SMALL DROP IN TOURISM SAYS TSOCHATZOPOULOS A small drop of approximately 3% was foreseen yesterday in tourist traffic by Minister of Development Akis Tsochatzopoulos, who "picked up the ball" from deputy Minister of Tourism D. Georgakopoulos.

    According to the data presented yesterday by Mr. Tsochatzopoulos, the number of tourists visiting from certain countries this year, presents fluctuations in comparison to last year.

    Specifically, English tourists have increased by 10% in relation to 2002, Austrians by 25%, while there are similar increases in the French and Italian.

    In contrast, there is a problem with German tourists, who are estimated to be 5%-10% less than last year.

  • [03] A QUESTION OF SOLIDARITY "It was a principle of 17 November for all members to participate in the executions for solidarity reasons", supported Patroklos Tselentis, before the court trying the crimes allegedly committed by the 19 suspected members of 17N, while he stated that he

    never feared punishment or any other reaction from the organization after he decided to leave. After the end of his testimony, the court is expected to rule on the request submitted by prosecuting attorney Mr. Lykourezos to cross examine Tselentis and Gi otopoulos.

  • [04] GIOTOPOULOS AGREES Alleged leader of the 17N terrorist organization A. Giotopoulos agreed to his cross-examination with P. Tselentis, under the condition that he be given the chance to complete his own statement. In response to questions raised by Mr. Rachiotis, defense at torney for Giotopoulos, Tselentis supported that in his preliminary statement he had not given the information about the organization's alleged leader, because he did not remember it, and because the questions addressed to him at the time concerned his ow n activity in the organization.
  • [05] COUNTDOWN TO THE TIF The government and the opposition are preparing for the 68th Thessaloniki International Fair, to be opened by Prime Minister Costas Simitis on Friday September 5. In his speeches the Prime Minister is expected to refer to all interior and foreign policy issues, the government's work, while he will present the "Convergence Charta" and the basic directions of economic policy. President of New Democracy Costas Karamanlis, will visit Thessaloniki from September 12 to September 14, and will announce his party 's governmental programme from the TIF's podium.
  • [06] TENSION IN COURT BETWEEN DEFENSE ATTORNEYS There was intense verbal conflict in the trial concerning the crimes allegedly committed by the 19 suspected members of the "17 November" terrorist group, between the defense attorneys of Alexandros Giotopoulos and Patroklos Tselentis.

    The incident began with the accusation made by Ioannis Rachiotis, attorney for Giotopoulos (alleged leader of the organization), that accused Patroklos Tselentis of "deception", supporting that with his testimony he is attempting to substantiate the char ges of instigation attributed to Giotopoulos regarding most of 17N's crimes.

    Thomas Papagiannis, attorney to Mr. Tselentis, said "when I told you that Tselentis was not involved in the Momferatos case, Giotopoulos was celebrating. What are you saying now?", to which Mr. Rachiotis responded: "Now the scenario is being revealed".

    The incident was ended with the intervention of the court President, Michalis Margaritis.

  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS


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