Domestic employee found dead
A 25-year-oldman who was found dead at his employers’ home in the Thessaloniki suburb of Pylaia was strangled, a coroner found yesterday. The domestic employee was found by a colleague halfsubmerged in the family’s indoor swimming pool though yesterday’s autopsy concluded that he had been strangled. A search of the home found no evidence to suggest a break-in. Investigations were continuing.
Helios charges dropped.
Cyprus’s attorney general dropped all charges against four men on trial for a Cyprus-based Helios Airways plane crash in Grammatiko, northeast of Athens, in 2005, in which 121 people were killed. The decision was upheld by the Nicosia-based criminal court, which said that a Greek tribunal had already delivered a ruling regarding the crash, which was deemed to have been caused by human error.
Health Minister Andreas Lykourentzos is due to meet representatives of the ministries of Interior and Agricultural Development today to discuss plans to prevent mosquito-transmitted diseases. Over a dozen people died last year of West Nile virus, prompting authorities to plan for preventative measures this year ahead of the onset of warmer weather.
No-tell motel on block.
Greek tax authorities plan to auction a so-called love hotel belonging to Golden Dawn MP Eleni Zaroulia, who is also the wife of the neofascist party’s leader Nikos Michaloliakos, due to unpaid debts to the state, Sunday’s Ethnos newspaper reported. The company which owns the New Dream hotel owes the state 36,000 euros in taxes, the report said.
The conservative candidate in the Cyprus presidential elections, Nicos Anastasiades, and leftist Stavros Malas will face each other in a runoff on February 24 after the first round of polls on Sunday proved inconclusive. Although exit polls had suggested Anastasiades would garner over half of the votes, the final results revealed a strong showing for independent Giorgos Lillikas who came within 2 percent of entering the runoff. Anastasiades, the head of DISY, got 45.46 percent. AKEL’s candidate Malas advanced to the second round with 26.91 percent.
An Islamist group has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping of seven foreign workers – including one Greek national – in northern Nigeria on Saturday. In a statement, the group, calling itself Ansaru, warned Nigerian and European authorities not to “act against our conditions.” The group, who did not specify any terms, said ransom demands would follow. The workers – who also include one British, one Italian, three Lebanese and one Filipino – were abducted in Jamaare, in the northern state of Bauchi on Saturday.
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