Mi­grant jumps from fifth floor

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A 39 year-old Pak­istani man was be­ing treated in a hos­pi­tal in Trikala, cen­tral Greece, for se­ri­ous in­juries af­ter re­port­edly jumping from the fifth-floor win­dow of the town’s po­lice head­quar­ters yes­ter­day. Au­thor­i­ties said that the un­named man had been due for de­por­ta­tion af­ter be­ing held for four months. He re­port­edly tried to kill him­self again in the past af­ter be­ing caught with­out le­gal doc­u­men­ta­tion.

Repa­ra­tions.

Greece has a “his­tor­i­cal obli­ga­tion” to seek war repa­ra­tions from Ger­many stem­ming from the Nazi oc­cu­pa­tion in World War II, left­ist leader Alexis Tsipras said yes­ter­day. Speak­ing at an event in the vil­lage of Dis­tomo – the site of a Nazi mas­sacre which left 218 peo­ple dead on June 10, 1944 – the head of SYRIZA ac­cused pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ments of lack­ing the “courage” to push com­pen­sa­tion claims. Tsipras also called for le­gal mea­sures to ban Holo­caust de­nial af­ter at least two Golden Dawn politi­cians re­cently ap­peared to cast doubts over the geno­cide of about 6 mil­lion Jews dur­ing WWII.

Fire­fight­ing.

Short of man­power and equip­ment, Greece’s fire­fight­ers’ union yes­ter­day voiced its con­cern re­gard­ing the depart­ment’s abil­ity to meet the chal­lenges of the sum­mer sea­son. POEPYS said that no full-time fire­fight­ers have been hired since 2008, while it es­ti­mated that about 4,200 po­si­tions re­main to be filled. The union fur­ther claims that only 415 of the 1,700 fire en­gines used across the coun­try are less than 10 years old, while 13 of the 21 wa­ter-drop­ping planes at the depart­ment’s dis­posal are over 20 years old.

Gavalas debts.

The com­pany founded and run by fash­ion en­tre­pre­neur Lakis Gavalas sub­mit­ted an of­fi­cial of­fer to the Fi­nance Min­istry yes­ter­day to trans­fer the com­pany’s eastern At­tica head­quar­ters to the state in ex­change for a write­off of the com­pany’s debts. The of­fer was made fol­low­ing a re­quest by At­tica Re­gional Gover­nor Yian­nis Sgouros for the ac­qui­si­tion of the premises in Kantza to host the au­thor­ity’s var­i­ous de­part­ments. Ac­cord­ing to the com­pany the value of the prop­erty is es­ti­mated at 37 mil­lion eu­ros, which would more than cover the com­pany’s debts to the state, which stand at 17 mil­lion eu­ros. Gavalas is cur­rently be­ing held at Ko­ry­dal­los Prison await­ing trial.

Tav­erna blast.

Po­lice on the is­land of Crete were in­ves­ti­gat­ing a large ex­plo­sion in a tav­erna sit­u­ated in the area of Gazi, in Irak­lio, late on Sun­day. Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, the premises were largely de­stroyed. The restau­rant was closed at the time of the blast and no in­juries were re­ported.

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