Envoy suffers aneurysm
Dimitris Anninos, Greece’s newly appointed Ambassador to Mexico died of an aneurysm at a Mexico City hospital on Friday, a day after he had presented his credentials to President Enrique Pena Nieto, it was reported on Saturday. During his career Anninos served as Greek General Consul in Melbourne and Shanghai, as well as Greece’s Ambassador to New Zealand. Foreign Affairs Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos expressed his condolences to the envoy’s family.
There will be a news blackout tomorrow as journalists walk off the job a day ahead of a 24-hour general strike called by the country’s two main labor unions. The general strike on Wednesday will disrupt public transport and state services including hospitals and schools. Ferries will remain docked all day after the union representing Greek seamen, PNO, said it would join the action.
The US Embassy in Athens and its consular section, the US Consulate General in Thessaloniki, and all US government offices in Greece will be closed today in observance of Presidents’ Day. The day marks the birthdays of US Presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.
A man was arrested late on Friday after riot police clashed with a group of 200 self-styled anarchists attempting to break into Villa Callas, also known as Villa Scaramanga, a former family residence of the late opera diva, located on Patission Street in central Athens. The building, which had been used as a squat, was recently cleared by police.
A 16-year-old boy was being questioned by authorities over the weekend for the alleged rape of a 15-year-old girl. According to reports the incident occurred in Serres, northeastern Greece, on Friday, and the 16-year-old was expected to face a local prosecutor today.
Officers of the electronic crimes squad have arrested a 39-year-old Albanian national in Kapandriti, northern Attica, on charges of child pornography. The suspect was taken into custody after authorities conducting a house search found pornographic material featuring minors on a laptop computer.
Civil servants found to have issued illegal pensions and benefits to the detriment of social security funds will face up to one year in jail, according to a draft Labor Ministry bill. Citizens who fail to report changes in personal details to their social security fund will face fines of up to 300 euros.