Ge­or­gian gets life for mur­der

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Ge­or­gian national David Mur­tikneli was given a life sen­tence yes­ter­day for the mur­der of pop­u­lar Greek ac­tor Nikos Sergianopoulos in 2008. The 56year-old vic­tim had been found stabbed 21 times in his apart­ment. Ac­cord­ing to po­lice files, the ac­tor picked up the 35-year-old Ge­or­gian at Vic­to­ria Square in cen­tral Athens and in­vited him back to his apart­ment. The Ge­or­gian, who con­fessed to the crime, al­leged that the vic­tim had made ag­gres­sive sex­ual ad­vances while hold­ing a knife be­fore he dis­armed and stabbed him.

Seis­mic ac­tiv­ity.

The re­search di­rec­tor of the In­sti­tute of Geo­dy­nam­ics at the National Ob­ser­va­tory of Athens, Vas­silis Karas­tathis, yes­ter­day sought to al­lay fears over in­creased earth­quake ac­tiv­ity close to Crete, where a 5.9 Richter quake hit south of the is­land last Satur­day, fol­lowed by a 5.6 mag­ni­tude after­shock the fol­low­ing day. Ac­cord­ing to Karas­tathis, the quake’s epi­cen­ter, about 50 kilo­me­ters off the is­land’s south coast, was lo­cated in a highly seis­mic area where tec­tonic plates con­verge, while after­shock ac­tiv­ity was within the norm.

Em­bez­zler sen­tenced.

A court in Larissa, cen­tral Greece, yes­ter­day sen­tenced a fe­male bank man­ager on trial for em­bez­zle­ment to 25 years in jail. The court also handed a 10-year prison term to her spouse. Ac­cord­ing to the rul­ing, the woman pil­fered some 1.8 mil­lion eu­ros from clients’ ac­counts dur­ing the 2004-08 pe­riod, a sum she re­turned to de­pos­i­tors af­ter the scam came to light.

On the run.

A 22-year-old Al­ba­nian national de­tained on rob­bery charges es­caped from a court in Larissa, cen­tral Greece, yes­ter­day. Ac­cord­ing to au­thor­i­ties, the sus­pect had been trans­ferred from the Larissa Prison to the court to stand trial.

Ad­dic­tion.

One in four drug users who tested pos­i­tive for HIV in 2012 are women, ac­cord­ing to the Hel­lenic Cen­ter for Dis­ease Con­trol and Preven­tion (KEELPNO). While women rep­re­sent 12 per­cent of drug ad­dicts, they make up 24 per­cent of those who tested pos­i­tive for HIV, the cen­ter said.

Diplo­mat dies.

Vet­eran Greek diplo­mat Ste­fanos Stathatos died yes­ter­day, aged 91. Stathatos served in Cairo and Wash­ing­ton and rep­re­sented Greece at NATO, the UN and the EEC. He was also ap­pointed ambassador to France, the UK and the Vat­i­can.

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