Po­lice net 7 sus­pected bank rob­bers

Kathimerini English - - Front Page - BY NIKOS KONSTANDARAS

A ring of vi­o­lent rob­bers be­lieved to have net­ted some 2 mil­lion eu­ros af­ter at least nine raids on banks and stores and 10 bur­glar­ies on homes has been bro­ken, po­lice in At­tica said yes­ter­day af­ter ar­rest­ing seven sus­pected mem­bers.

Four Greeks, aged 22 to 74, have been de­tained along with two Al­ba­ni­ans, aged 25 and 40, and a 34-year-old Ro­ma­nian. Raids on the homes of the sus­pects turned up weapons in­clud­ing a Kalash­nikov as­sault ri­fle, three pis­tols, five hand grenades and dozens of rounds of am­mu­ni­tion. A very im­por­tant step is be­ing taken by the state as it be­gins to pay back its debts to the pri­vate sec­tor, be­cause the crim­i­nal pol­icy of ar­rears be­ing al­lowed to build up over the years was be­gin­ning to choke the life out of this cru­cial part of the frag­ile econ­omy. The grad­ual re­pay­ment of over­due re­turns and other debts will cer­tainly kick-start the mar­ket, and for some busi­nesses it will pro­vide a life­line that will al­low them to step back from the brink of clo­sure and con­tinue their op­er­a­tions. Per­haps even more im­por­tantly, it is a move that will re­in­force the cred­i­bil­ity of the state, which has been quick to pun­ish in­di­vid­u­als and busi­nesses that are in­debted to it even when the rea­son is that they sim­ply did not have the money or abil­ity to pay their dues, while al­low­ing it­self to amass sig­nif­i­cant debts with­out hav­ing to suf­fer any con­se­quences.

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