Work­ers to launch protests

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Pub­lic Power Cor­po­ra­tion (PPC) em­ploy­ees are to launch rolling 24-hour strikes from next Tues­day in protest at plans to sell the In­de­pen­dent Power Trans­mis­sion Op­er­a­tor – known by its Greek acro­nym ADMIE – one of the power board’s sub­sidiaries. The first day of the strike has been timed to co­in­cide with the sched­uled sub­mis­sion in Par­lia­ment of the bill out­lin­ing the sale. Union­ists have in­sisted that the ac­tion will not re­sult in power cuts but rather in de­lays for re­pairs.

Trial post­poned.

Themis Sko­rdeli, a mem­ber of Golden Dawn and a par­lia­men­tary can­di­date with the ne­o­fas­cist party, ap­peared in court yes­ter­day on a string of mis­de­meanor charges but her trial was post­poned for the eighth time. The 50-year-old is charged with forgery, il­le­gal pos­ses­sion of smoke bombs, as well as break­ing in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty rights laws. She was ar­rested last Oc­to­ber af­ter po­lice found in her pos­ses­sion 18 smoke bombs, bank state­ments out­lin­ing sus­pi­ciously large de­posits, two bags con­tain­ing knock­off CDs and DVDs, and notes list­ing the ad­dresses and names of mi­grants. Sko­rdeli’s trial had been post­poned sev­eral times as she had re­peat­edly cited psy­cho­log­i­cal prob­lems and had sub­mit­ted med­i­cal re­ports to sup­port her claims.

Hos­pi­tal stop­page.

Pub­lic hos­pi­tals will op­er­ate on skeleton staffs to­day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. due to a work stop­page by doc­tors. Pro­test­ers are due to gather in front of the Health Min­istry in cen­tral Athens at 1 p.m. Doc­tors want the gov­ern­ment to with­draw its pro­pos­als for changes to pri­mary health­care.

Dealer sought.

Po­lice at the Greek-Al­ba­nian bor­der were yes­ter­day seek­ing a sus­pected drug dealer who aban­doned a car hold­ing 72 kilo­grams of cannabis near the small town of Fil­i­ates. Po­lice had sig­naled to the driver of the Audi A4 to stop but he ac­cel­er­ated, prompt­ing a chase which ended with the sus­pect aban­don­ing the car and flee­ing on foot. Bor­der guards ar­rested a 50-year-old for­mer po­lice of­fi­cer be­lieved to have op­er­ated as a look­out for the dealer.

Vovos ar­rested.

Con­struc­tion mag­nate Babis Vovos was ar­rested yes­ter­day in con­nec­tion with debts to the state in ex­cess of 7 mil­lion eu­ros. Ac­cord­ing to a state­ment re­leased by Greek po­lice, the 81-year-old busi­ness­man was ar­rested for ow­ing a to­tal of 7.5 mil­lion eu­ros to the state. Vovos has been ar­rested sev­eral times in the past on sim­i­lar charges and had been granted con­di­tional re­lease.

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