Publisher to go on trial

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Busi­ness­man Gior­gos Kouris, 77, publisher of Avri­ani news­pa­per and owner of now-de­funct Al­ter TV, was ar­rested on Tues­day in con­nec­tion to un­paid debts to the state of 680,000 eu­ros for which he is to be tried tomorrow. The busi­ness­man 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, the for­mer vice pres­i­dent of Al­ter chan­nel, was also charged in con­nec­tion with that case.

Anti-smok­ing cir­cu­lar.

Deputy Health Min­is­ter Zeta Makri yes­ter­day sent out a cir­cu­lar to lo­cal au­thor­i­ties across the coun­try, urg­ing them to re­dou­ble ef­forts to en­force a crack­down on smok­ing in pub­lic places. A law im­pos­ing re­stric­tions on smok­ing in restau­rants, cafes and other en­closed pub­lic places came into force in Septem­ber 2010 but is rarely en­forced. In the cir­cu­lar, Makri un­der­lined the need for lo­cal au­thor­i­ties to in­ten­sify checks on smok­ing in closed pub­lic spa­ces with the aim of pro­tect­ing peo­ple’s health.

Gauck visit.

Ger­man Pres­i­dent Joachim Gauck is to pay an of­fi­cial visit to Greece on March 5 to 7, it was an­nounced yes­ter­day. It will be the first such visit to Athens by a Ger­man pres­i­dent since 2006. Dur­ing his visit, Gauck will honor Sec­ond World War vic­tims with Greek Pres­i­dent Karolos Papou­lias. Papou­lias had in­vited Gauck to visit Greece when the Greek pres­i­dent was in Ber­lin last Jan­uary.

Michelakis at­tack.

In­te­rior Min­is­ter Yian­nis Michelakis said yes­ter­day that he would not give in to those who want to “cre­ate a cli­mate of fear and tur­moil” af­ter his po­lit­i­cal of­fice in cen­tral Athens was tar­geted by arsonists overnight. An ex­plo­sion oc­curred out­side the Amerikis Street of­fice at 11.25 p.m. on Tues­day. No­body was in­jured in the blast, which was caused by a de­vice that con­tained cook­ing gas can­is­ters. “Democ­racy can­not be ter­ror­ized,” said Michelakis.

Crete mur­ders.

A 52-year-old butcher from Irak­lio, Crete, was given a life sen­tence yes­ter­day for the mur­der of two men in the Profi­tis Ilias area in June 2012. He was found guilty of shoot­ing to death Pri­amos Xydakis, aged 34, and Mano­lis Stavroulakis, 63. One of the butcher’s brothers was given a 12-year sen­tence for at­tempt­ing to mur­der Yian­nis Xydakis, the fa­ther of Pri­amos. The two con­victed men had claimed they were fired upon in a dis­pute with their two vic­tims but au­thor­i­ties were not able to find any ev­i­dence of this.

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