Six charged with il­le­gal dump­ing in Ilia

Sus­pects are also ac­cused of il­licit sand min­ing and rock ex­ca­va­tion

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Two sus­pects, aged 46 and 41, have been re­manded in cus­tody in Ilia, in the Pelo­pon­nese, af­ter ap­pear­ing in court over al­le­ga­tions of il­le­gal waste dump­ing, il­le­gal sand min­ing and vi­o­la­tion of for­est leg­is­la­tion.

Another four are fac­ing charges in con­nec­tion with the case.

The six have been charged with form­ing and par­tic­i­pat­ing in a crim­i­nal or­ga­ni­za­tion de­signed to make profit at the ex­pense of the en­vi­ron­ment.

Investigators say their ac­tiv­ity dates back to 2010 and in­volves the il­le­gal dis­posal of waste in de­funct land­fills near An­cient Olympia and Floka as well as at the pro­tected oak for­est of Foloi in Ilia.

The de­fen­dants al­legedly also ex­tracted sand from the Al­fios River basin and ex­ca­vated rocks from Mount Lap­i­tha near the pro­tected Kaifas re­gion.

The 46-year-old, who has been iden­ti­fied as Theodoros Karam­pelas, has also been charged with at­tempt­ing to kill four po­lice of­fi­cers in Septem­ber 2012. The sus­pect al­legedly tried to run over the four with his truck af­ter they sig­naled him to stop for an in­spec­tion of the ve­hi­cle, which was later found to be car­ry­ing rub­bish.

Po­lice have con­fis­cated 10 trucks, six con­struc­tion ve­hi­cles and one tow truck. Au­thor­i­ties, who have al­ready im­posed ad­min­is­tra­tive fines of 12,000 eu­ros, are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the role of state and mu­nic­i­pal of­fi­cials.

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