Turk truck driver charged
A 55-year-old truck driver from Turkey was yesterday given more time to prepare his defense over charges related to a road accident which killed two students and injured another 22 people on a KTEL intercity bus near Thessaloniki on Tuesday. The accident occurred after the Thessaloniki-bound bus slammed into the back of the truck, which was illegally parked on the side of the highway.
Trolley bus drivers in Athens are due to stage a work stoppage today in order to hold a general meeting. As a result, there will be no service between noon and 4 p.m. Services will be back to normal by 5 p.m.
Hoax bomb threat.
A 28-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly making a hoax bomb threat that delayed the Thessaloniki-Athens intercity train for two hours late Tuesday. The accused made a call to Thessaloniki police claiming that a bomb had been planted on the train. The train was subsequently stopped for two hours at Plati in Imathia, central Macedonia, as police searched the carriages. The 28-year-old was arrested in one of the train’s compartments. It is not known why he made the call. He was to face a prosecutor in Veria.
A 30-year-old man has been arrested in the northern Athens suburb of Maroussi on charges of distributing child pornography on the Internet. During a search of his home yesterday, police found two hard drives and two external hard drives loaded with illegal material. The suspect was to face a prosecutor.
A total of 662 undocumented immigrants were repatriated by Greece in December, authorities announced yesterday. Of these, 424 were repatriated voluntarily through a European Union-funded program run by the Greek branch of the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The Aliens Bureau repatriated 238 migrants after they were found to have entered the country illegally.
The union representing municipal workers (POE-OTA) said yesterday that it is planning a work stoppage tomorrow so that members of the union can attend a protest rally at the central Athens court complex where the union’s general council is to go on trial. The stoppage will begin at 11 a.m. ahead of the noon gathering at the court where 35 unionists are to stand trial in connection with extended strike action in October 2011 to protest cutbacks introduced by the government.