Protests to last un­til Mon­day

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Protest­ing farm­ers are to main­tain their road­side block­ades across the coun­try un­til Mon­day when their union rep­re­sen­ta­tives are to meet with Fi­nance Min­is­ter Yan­nis Stournaras, La­bor Min­is­ter Yian­nis Vrout­sis and Agri­cul­tural Devel­op­ment Min­is­ter Athana­sios Tsaf­taris. Farm­ers are seek­ing tax breaks and other con­ces­sions and have been com­plain­ing about high fuel and pro­duc­tion costs.

Flu warn­ing.

The Cen­ter for Disease Con­trol and Preven­tion (KEELPNO) warned yes­ter­day that there is likely to be a ris­ing num­ber of peo­ple con­tract­ing flu over the next few weeks, pos­si­bly in­clud­ing some se­ri­ous cases. KEELPNO said that 42 peo­ple had fallen se­ri­ously ill dur­ing this flu sea­son and that 12 had died. The or­ga­ni­za­tion said that in most cases, the vic­tims had con­tracted the H1N1 strain of the virus and came from vul­ner­a­ble groups for which in­oc­u­la­tion is rec­om­mended.

Pso­mi­adis charge.

Busi­ness­man and former Kavala soc­cer club owner Makis Pso­mi­adis was yes­ter­day charged with il­le­gal bet­ting in con­nec­tion to a match-fix­ing ring that is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Pso­mi­adis, cur­rently in cus­tody, is al­ready fac­ing charges of money laun­der­ing and form­ing a crim­i­nal gang.

Ro­manos defiant.

Nikos Ro­manos, one of the four an­ar­chists ar­rested fol­low­ing two bank rob­beries in north­ern Greece at the be­gin­ning of the month, has de­nied he is a mem­ber of the Con­spir­acy of the Cells of Fire ur­ban guer­rilla group. He is­sued a state­ment on Wed­nes­day ex­press­ing sol­i­dar­ity with the group but deny­ing re­ports link­ing him to it. Ro­manos said he would not co­op­er­ate with the jus­tice sys­tem and re­peated his call for oth­ers to take up arms.

Sur­geon con­victed.

A Thes­sa­loniki ap­peals court yes­ter­day slightly re­duced a sus­pended jail term given to a chil­dren’s sur­geon who was found to have ac­cepted a 400-euro un­der-thetable pay­ment (known as a “fake­laki”) for per­form­ing an op­er­a­tion on a mi­nor in 2007. The un­named sur­geon, now re­tired, was found guilty of pas­sive bribery. The ap­peals court re­duced a 10month jail term, sus­pended for three years, to an eight-month sus­pended sen­tence.

Kouris in­dicted.

Andreas Kouris, the chair­man of the Real Me­dia SA com­pany that owns Avri­ani news­pa­per and the now-de­funct Al­ter TV chan­nel, was yes­ter­day in­dicted for debts of 2 mil­lion eu­ros to the So­cial Se­cu­rity Foun­da­tion (IKA). The ar­rears re­late to the pe­riod that Kouris was vice pres­i­dent of Al­ter’s man­ag­ing board. In early Jan­uary, the 42-year-old was given a sus­pended four-year jail sen­tence for an­other 9 mil­lion eu­ros in debts to IKA.

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