Arrests in Hania and Rhodes
Police in the Cretan port of Hania yesterday detained two Georgian nationals, aged 37 and 30, believed to be members of a racket behind a string of burglaries and muggings in the broader region. The pair were traced by officers yesterday after refusing to stop at a police roadblock on Monday and abandoning their motorcycle following a police chase. Together with the motorcycle, the suspects abandoned two rucksacks crammed with jewelry and other valuables. Police are seeking another two suspects. Over the weekend, two more criminal rackets were broken by police on the island of Rhodes in the Dodecanese and in Ilia, in the Peloponnese. Police on Rhodes arrested a 27year-old Palestinian and a 30-year-old Algerian believed to be part of a robbery and forgery ring. Two Albanians, aged 23 and 28, were detained in Ilia in connection with a ring linked to violent robberies and the manslaughter of a 63-year-old gas station owner.
A dead Mediterranean sea turtle (Caretta carreta) found washed up at the port of Aghios Sotiras in the Amvrakikos Gulf, in western Greece, by a fisherman is the fourth to be found this month, according to local conservation groups. It was unclear whether the adult turtle found yesterday died of natural causes or injuries. Conservationists have appealed to fishermen and swimmers to report sightings of injured sea turtles immediately to coast guard authorities.
A 76-year-old man faced a prosecutor yesterday charged with arson through neglect in connection with a large forest fire that broke out on Monday near Dilesi, in the prefecture of Viotia. Meanwhile a 21year-old foreign national was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison and a 44-yearold Greek man received a suspended sixmonth prison term after being found guilty of causing a fire that broke out on Saturday near Koropi, eastern Attica.
Some 350,000 residents of Crete will be able to receive a digital signal on their TVs from today. Viewers who have an MPEG4 decoder will be able to watch digital quality television in the prefectures of Iraklio, Hania and Rethymno but will not receive programs via analog broadcasts as this signal will be switched off. This area covers about 60 percent of the island’s population. The digital signal is to be broadened to cover the rest of the island at a later date.
The chairman and managing director of Aris soccer club were arrested in Thessaloniki yesterday over the team’s unpaid debts to the state. Aris is reported to have run up debts in excess of 8 million euros since 2009. The chairman, Athanasios Athanasiadis, and managing director, Antonis Zambetas, were to face a local prosecutor.