Turk truck driver charged

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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.

Work stop­page.

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.

Child porn.

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.

Repa­tri­a­tions.

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.

POE-OTA.

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.

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