Child to remain with charity
A court in Larissa, central Greece, yesterday started hearing the trial concerning the custody of a young girl called Maria who was removed from a Roma camp in nearby Farsala in October. The girl, believed to be aged between 5 and 6, has been in the care of the Hamogelo tou Paidiou (Child’s Smile) charity since then and is expected to remain under the organization’s supervision. It remained unclear yesterday when the court would rule. Meanwhile the Roma couple charged with the girl’s abduction are in custody – the man in Larissa jail and the woman in Attica’s Korydallos Prison. Their appeal against their detention is pending.
The cornea of a 23year-old woman who died last week after the KTEL intercity bus she was traveling on crashed into a parked truck on the national highway near Malgara, northern Greece, was successfully transplanted yesterday into the eye of a 17-yearold youth with a degenerative ocular disorder. Doctors at Thessaloniki’s AHEPA University Hospital said the youth would be discharged in two to three days. The girl’s parents donated all her organs for transplant.
Doctors working for the country’s biggest healthcare provider, EOPYY, said yesterday that they would extend their ongoing strike action until January 24, demanding that the government withdraw a bill for the overhaul of the National Healthcare System (ESY). Unionists oppose reforms that prohibit doctors on the state’s payroll from conducting private consultations and operating private clinics. They also argue that their new pay structure will see them earning significantly less than doctors with ESY. The strike, which began before the Christmas holidays, has resulted in significant delays for patients insured with EOPYY.
Businessman Giorgos Kouris, publisher of Avriani newspaper and owner of now-defunct Alter TV, was arrested yesterday over debts of about 2.7 million euros to the state. Kouris, 77, was released on bail in May last year after being arrested in connection with a 1.5-million-euro debt owed by Alter. His son, Andreas, was also arrested and released. Yesterday’s arrest relates to a different debt, which the businessman is expected to settle by agreeing a payment plan with authorities. He was arrested 100 meters from his house by two undercover policemen pretending to be a taxi driver and passenger. It was not clear why authorities chose this method to nab the businessman.
A 50-year-old man lost his life yesterday after falling from the roof of his house in Hania, Crete. According to authorities, the unnamed man had climbed onto the roof to clean his chimney but slipped and fell from a height of about 5 meters.