Ar­rests in Ha­nia and Rhodes

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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.

Dead tur­tle.

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.

Ar­son­ists.

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.

Dig­i­tal Crete.

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.

Aris debts.

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.

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