Kam­menos in­vites Poly­do­ras

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In­de­pen­dent Greeks leader Panos Kam­menos yes­ter­day said he would in­vite con­ser­va­tive politi­cian Vy­ron Poly­do­ras to join his right-wing, anti-bailout party. Poly­do­ras was last month booted from rul­ing New Democ­racy’s par­lia­men­tary group for fail­ing to vote in fa­vor of the uni­fied prop­erty tax. “[Poly­do­ras’s] re­bel­lion came a bit late for me. How­ever, he re­mains an im­por­tant fig­ure,” Kam­menos said, adding that the two men would meet in the com­ing days. Kam­menos, an ex-ND MP, ruled out the prospect of elec­tion co­op­er­a­tion with ND, PASOK or Golden Dawn. Also yes­ter­day, Kam­menos said he would sue Health Min­is­ter Ado­nis Ge­or­giadis af­ter the lat­ter sug­gested Kam­menos had built a hol­i­day home on the is­land of Icaria with Euro­pean Union sub­si­dies. Kam­menos de­nied the claim, say­ing the prop­erty be­longed to his mother-in-law, who had claimed the funds to con­vert it into a guest house.


For­mer De­fense Min­is­ter Yian­nos Pa­pan­to­niou yes­ter­day lashed out at Deputy Par­lia­ment Speaker Ioan­nis Tra­gakis for sug­gest­ing that the So­cial­ist politi­cian was im­pli­cated in arms deals cor­rup­tion. “It is po­lit­i­cally un­ac­cept­able that the deputy speaker is spread­ing lies and slan­der against me with­out any ev­i­dence what­so­ever,” said Pa­pan­to­niou, who served as de­fense min­is­ter be­tween 2001 and 2004. Early yes­ter­day Tra­gakis said that a par­lia­men­tary com­mit­tee, on which he sat, had enough ev­i­dence to show that Pa­pan­to­niou, as well as now-con­victed ex-min­is­ter Akis Tsochat­zopou­los, had ac­cepted bribes from Dru­mi­lan In­ter­na­tional for the pur­chase of TOR-M1 mis­sile sys­tem and TPQ-37 mo­bile radar sys­tem.

Sakkas ar­rest.

An­ar­chist Costas Sakkas, ac­cused of be­ing a mem­ber of the Con­spir­acy of the Cells of Fire guer­rilla group, was ar­rested yes­ter­day for al­legedly vi­o­lat­ing his re­stricted-res­i­dence or­der, a term is­sued upon his con­di­tional re­lease from pre­trial cus­tody in July. Po­lice said Sakkas had spent the night at a house in Neo Psy­chico, north­ern Athens, where he was ar­rested. Sakkas was ar­rested on De­cem­ber 4, 2010 out­side an apart­ment where arms were be­ing hid­den in Nea Smyrni, south­ern Athens. He de­nies be­ing a mem­ber of the group.

Reg­istry probe.

A group of pub­lic ad­min­is­tra­tion in­spec­tors yes­ter­day or­dered an in­ter­nal in­quiry and a ju­di­cial probe into the ac­tiv­i­ties of the City of Athens depart­ment of birth reg­is­tra­tions af­ter find­ing ev­i­dence of ma­jor over­sights in pro­to­col. The move came af­ter the team re­port­edly ex­am­ined 545 cases where births had been reg­is­tered up to a year af­ter the fact.

Maria trial.

The trial of a Roma cou­ple charged with abducting a girl aged 5 or 6, known as Maria, who was found in a Roma camp in Farsala, cen­tral Greece, has been put off to Jan­uary 14, af­ter the woman’s de­fense asked the court to trans­fer her from Ko­ry­dal­los Prison to a jail in Larissa and for more time to as­sess new ev­i­dence.

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