Kammenos invites Polydoras
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.
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.
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.
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.