Trial to re­sume on Tues­day

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For­mer Thes­sa­loniki Mayor Vas­silis Pa­pa­geor­gopou­los’s ap­peal hear­ing against a life sen­tence for em­bez­zle­ment, which started yes­ter­day, was halted due to le­gal tech­ni­cal­i­ties and will re­sume next Tues­day. Pa­pa­geor­gopou­los, who was found guilty last year of si­phon­ing some 18 mil­lion eu­ros in mu­nic­i­pal funds, is ex­pected to ar­gue that the em­bez­zle­ment at Thes­sa­loniki’s mu­nic­i­pal of­fices be­gan be­fore he as­sumed his post. The for­mer gen­eral sec­re­tary of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity, Michalis Le­mou­sias, and the city trea­surer, Panayi­o­tis Sax­o­nis, were also sen­tenced to life in prison af­ter it was found they had been in­volved in the scam. Le­mou­sias is also ap­peal­ing his con­vic­tion while Sax­o­nis ad­mit­ted to his in­volve­ment in il­licit cash trans­ac­tions but claimed to have been tak­ing or­ders from his su­pe­ri­ors.

Sakkas re­ar­rested.

An­ar­chist Costas Sakkas, who was granted con­di­tional re­lease in July af­ter go­ing on hunger strike to protest the fact that he had been held in de­ten­tion for two-and-ahalf years, was ar­rested again yes­ter­day by mem­bers of the anti-ter­ror­ist squad. An ar­rest war­rant had been is­sued ear­lier af­ter fin­ger­prints match­ing the 30-year-old’s were found at one of the safe houses used by the Con­spir­acy of the Cells of Fire ur­ban guer­rilla group. The prop­erty is in Ha­lan­dri, north­east­ern Athens, and was first raided in 2010. Sakkas was first ar­rested in De­cem­ber of that year.

Se­rial rob­ber.

A 29-year-old man al­leged to have used threat­en­ing notes to net nearly 100,000 eu­ros from 15 bank heists in Athens and Thes­sa­loniki over the past two years faced an Athens prose­cu­tor yes­ter­day on mul­ti­ple charges of rob­bery. The sus­pect was ar­rested on Tues­day morn­ing in Peris­teri, western Athens, af­ter at­tempt­ing his 16th rob­bery, dur­ing which the clerk to whom he handed the note sounded the bank’s alarm. The sus­pect was ar­rested by po­lice who rushed to the scene. Ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cers, the man is be­lieved to have fled to Ser­bia af­ter each rob­bery as his wife lives there. It re­mained un­clear whether the man was armed with any­thing other than a threat­en­ing note dur­ing the rob­beries he is al­leged to have car­ried out.

Thes­sa­loniki in­dict­ments.

A to­tal of 41 peo­ple be­lieved to be mem­bers of anti-es­tab­lish­ment groups in Thes­sa­loniki were in­dicted yes­ter­day on a se­ries of charges rang­ing from pos­ses­sion of ex­plo­sives to theft. Another 18 peo­ple, be­lieved to be mem­bers of the same groups, were ac­quit­ted, while all 59 were cleared of charges of be­long­ing to a crim­i­nal or­ga­ni­za­tion. One of the 41 in­dicted is al­ready serv­ing time at Larissa Prison. Spy­ros Stra­toulis, who has been on hunger strike for the past two months in protest at be­ing stripped of his fur­lough priv­i­leges, is charged with griev­ous bod­ily harm.The 41-year-old has served more than 21 years of a life sen­tence for mur­der and rob­bery.

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