Man ar­rested in Thes­sa­loniki

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A for­eign na­tional, 40, was ar­rested yes­ter­day and faces mur­der charges over the death of a 67-yearold re­tired school­teacher whose body was found ly­ing in a pool of blood in his apart­ment in the cen­tral Thes­sa­loniki sub­urb of Xirokrini on Thurs­day. The 67-year-old’s body bore mul­ti­ple wounds thought to have been caused by a knife. Investigators be­lieve the re­tired teacher had in­vited the 40year-old to stay at his home. The vic­tim was found af­ter res­i­dents of the apart­ment block called po­lice while the two were heard hav­ing a vi­o­lent ar­gu­ment. The sus­pect was found hiding in an aban­doned prop­erty nearby and had pa­pers and valu­ables be­long­ing to the vic­tim in his pos­ses­sion.

Golden Dawn.

Golden Dawn MPs Ef­s­tathios Bouk­ouras, Gior­gos Ger­me­nis and Panayi­o­tis Iliopou­los are to tes­tify be­fore a spe­cial prose­cu­tor to­day in con­nec­tion with charges re­lated to an on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the al­leged crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties of the ul­tra­na­tion­al­ist party.

Drug op­er­a­tion.

Po­lice at the north­west­ern Greek bor­der with Al­ba­nia were yes­ter­day ex­am­in­ing a route they be­lieve was used by drug run­ners from the neigh­bor­ing coun­try to trans­port a 322kilo­gram load of hashish seized in Igoumenitsa. The drugs were found in a van be­ing driven by an Al­ba­nian man, who has been ar­rested. Au­thor­i­ties are now seek­ing any accomplices he may have had at the ru­ral bor­der cross­ing in Fil­i­ata.

Dog eu­thana­sia suit.

An an­i­mal rights group in Fthi­otida, cen­tral Greece, has filed suit against the pop­u­lar ac­tor and cur­rent mayor of Styl­ida, Apos­to­los Glet­sos, for al­legedly or­der­ing a dog be put down with­out go­ing through the proper chan­nels. Glet­sos claimed yes­ter­day that the dog was ag­gres­sive and had attacked two peo­ple, prompt­ing his de­ci­sion to have it hu­manely eu­th­a­nized. Ac­tivists claim that he should have put the case be­fore a spe­cial mu­nic­i­pal com­mit­tee first and pro­vided proof of the an­i­mal’s ag­gres­sion.

Ra­dio protest.

A group of pro­test­ers yes­ter­day en­tered the Su­per B ra­dio sta­tion stu­dios in the western city of Pa­tra and in­ter­rupted the main evening news broad­cast to read a state­ment de­mand­ing the re­lease of hunger striker Spy­ros Stra­toulis from Larissa Prison. Stra­toulis has been on hunger strike since Novem­ber 11 af­ter be­ing stripped of his fur­lough priv­i­leges, with doc­tors say­ing that his health is de­te­ri­o­rat­ing rapidly. The 41-year-old has served more than 21 years of a life sen­tence for mur­der and rob­bery.

Ger­man am­bas­sador.

Ger­man For­eign Min­is­ter Frank-Wal­ter Stein­meier plans to re­place Am­bas­sador in Athens Wolf­gang Dold, the Ger­man Press Agency (DPA) re­ported yes­ter­day. He will be re­placed by Peter Schoof, head of the Euro­pean Union depart­ment at the Ger­man For­eign Of­fice, ac­cord­ing to the re­port. Un­known gun­men shot at Dold’s res­i­dence in a blood­less at­tack in Ha­lan­dri, north­ern Athens, on De­cem­ber 30. Stein­meier said the de­ci­sion had been made be­fore the at­tack.

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