Cre­tan kills self over debts

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A 52-year-old busi­ness­man was found hanged at his home in Ano­geia, Crete, yes­ter­day – the lat­est in a rash of sui­cides on the is­land linked to wors­en­ing fi­nan­cial prob­lems.

The man, who was not iden­ti­fied, was found by his brother yes­ter­day morn­ing at his home in Ano­geia in the is­land’s pre­fec­ture of Rethymno. There were no re­ports of a sui­cide note be­ing found but po­lice did not ap­pear to be treat­ing the case as a crime. The ap­par­ent sui­cide is the 20th on the is­land this year.

The Athens News Agency quoted neigh­bors as say­ing that the busi­ness­man, who had a small alu­minum man­u­fac­tur­ing busi­ness, kept his mount­ing debt prob­lems to him­self so as not to worry his wife and son.

Kli­maka, a so­cial ser­vices group pro­vid­ing sup­port for the home­less and de­pressed, has re­ported a large in­crease in calls to its tele­phone hot­line by peo­ple con­sid­er­ing sui­cide since the on­set of the eco­nomic cri­sis last year.

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