Magnitude 5.6 quake off Crete
A magnitude 5.6 earthquake struck at 12.39 p.m. on Sunday off the island of Crete, southern Greece, but there were no reports of damage or injuries. The Athens Institute of Geodynamics reported the quake’s location at about 50 kilometers off the south coast of Crete at a depth of 26 kilometers. A magnitude 5.9 quake hit the same region on Saturday evening.
Lagarde list inquiry.
A parliamentary committee investigating former Finance Minister Giorgos Papaconstantinou in connection with the political handling of the so-called Lagarde list of Greek depositors yesterday granted him a 10-day extension to appear before the cross-party panel. The ex-minister is to appear before the committee next Thursday.
A 32-year-old Albanian national was expected to face a prosecutor in Athens on rape charges yesterday. The man had been arrested on Friday for the alleged rape of two women in the neighborhood of Galatsi last year and earlier this year. According to authorities, the suspect had threatened the victims with a knife near the area’s Omorfoklissias park, before leading them to a deserted area where he allegedly raped them and subsequently stole their mobile phones and cash.
Police in Ilioupoli, southern Athens, and Marathonas, northeastern Attica, arrested five Chinese and two Vietnamese nationals for allegedly growing cannabis plants last Friday. According to officers, the suspects, aged 35 to 51, had set up three large greenhouses in Marathonas for the production of a potent form of the drug, known as skunk, using hydroponic gardening equipment. Authorities said that the gang’s leaders owned a Chinese restaurant in Ilioupoli which acted as a front for their illegal activities. The suspects were also tied to another case of cannabis production in Glyfada and Voula uncovered in January, police said.
A Pakistani national was found dead near the livestock farm where he worked in Arta, in western Greece, police said yesterday. Police said the body of the man, who was not identified, was found inside a ditch filled with animal waste. Medical experts said the man had suffered two head injuries. Police are investigating the case.
A 42-year-old Greek and a 26-year-old Albanian national were arrested by police on Friday in connection to the murder of a 65-year-old doctor in Goudi in Athens last June. According to police reports, the suspects allegedly entered the victim’s apartment using a spare key given to them by the 42-yearold’s mother who worked as a cleaning woman. Police found 1,060 euros and two collector’s coins which belonged to the victim in their possession.