Car dealer shoots himself
A 56-year-old car dealer, who had been facing a total of eight years in prison for several convictions of fraud, forgery and embezzlement, took his own life in his apartment in Thessaloniki yesterday after police officers arrived at the building to arrest him. The businessman refused to open the door to officers and threatened to kill himself, prompting officers to spread out an inflatable landing pad to break his fall in the event that he jumped. A short while later, police heard a gunshot and broke into the apartment, where they found the 56-year-old dead. The businessman had been convicted for a series of offenses including fraud, forgery and embezzlement, sources said.
Democratic Left (DIMAR) leader Fotis Kouvelis is set to nominate an unknown 35-year-old his party’s new secretary in a bid to revive its flagging fortunes. Sources suggested that Kouvelis will name Thanasis Theocharopoulos as the successor to the experienced Spyros Likoudis, who announced earlier this month that he was stepping down from his position due to differences with the DIMAR chief. Theocharopoulos is the special secretary at the Development Ministry. However, to succeed Likoudis he will have to win a vote at a meeting of DIMAR’s central committee on January 11.
The 45-year-old conductor of the philharmonic orchestra of the island of Chios shot himself in the head yesterday, according to local reports. The conductor, identified as Stergios Neamonitakis, took his life in the basement of the city hall building where the orchestra held its practice sessions, according to the reports. A municipal employee and relatives of the conductor alerted the authorities after the man locked himself in the basement and refused to answer his cell phone but they found him dead after breaking down the door.
Members of the secondary school teachers’ union (OLME) are due to meet Administrative Reform Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Friday to discuss the public sector mobility scheme. The unionists want their inclusion in the program to be reversed and for any teachers who have been transferred to return to their schools.
Health Ministry officials held a new round of talks with doctors working for the country’s main healthcare provider (EOPYY) yesterday even as unionists extended their strike action through to Friday in protest at state health service reforms which, they claim, “will create the conditions for the dismissal of EOPYY doctors from hospitals.”
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