One sus­pect con­tract found

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Thes­sa­loniki Mayor Yian­nis Boutaris re­vealed at a meet­ing of the city’s mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil yes­ter­day that checks on em­ploy­ees’ con­tracts have so far only re­vealed one case that might have breached reg­u­la­tions. Boutaris told coun­cilors that out of 779 mu­nic­i­pal em­ploy­ees who had their con­tracts made per­ma­nent in 2006, after be­ing hired on fixed-term deals, around 500 have been checked so far. “So far, we have only found one that might have a prob­lem,” he added. The gov­ern­ment has asked for the checks be­cause it be­lieves that some of the per­ma­nent hires made through­out the pub­lic ad­min­is­tra­tion in 2006 were il­le­gal. Boutaris said the checks would be com­pleted within the next few days.

Fa­tal col­li­sion.

A 63-year-old mo­torist was killed and his 54-year-old wife se­ri­ously in­jured yes­ter­day after their car was hit by an on­com­ing cargo train in the area of Akropota­mos, west of Thes­sa­loniki. Ac­cord­ing to po­lice, the crash oc­curred shortly after 12.30 p.m. when the car drove onto rail­way lines at a level cross­ing, though the ex­act cir­cum­stances of the in­ci­dent re­mained un­clear. The mo­torist died in­stantly in the col­li­sion while his wife was trans­ferred to the north­ern city’s Ip­pokrateio hos­pi­tal.

Ioan­nina rob­bery.

Uniden­ti­fied bur­glars yes­ter­day broke into the home of a 35-year-old vis­ually im­paired woman in Kar­damit­sia, a sub­urb of the north­west­ern city of Ioan­nina, and robbed her of 20,000 euros in cash and other valu­ables, po­lice said. Ac­cord­ing to the ac­count given to po­lice by the vic­tim, there were at least two per­pe­tra­tors. They knocked on the front door and forced their way in to the woman’s home be­fore ty­ing her to a chair and raid­ing the premises.


A Thes­sa­loniki court is to­day to hear the trial of for­mer mayor of Thes­sa­loniki, Vas­silis Pa­pa­geor­gopou­los, who faces charges of money laun­der­ing. The 67-year-old, who is serv­ing a 12-year sen­tence at nearby Di­a­vata Prison for em­bez­zling nearly 18 mil­lion euros from mu­nic­i­pal cof­fers, un­der­went surgery after suf­fer­ing a heart at­tack early last month. The for­mer of­fi­cial was orig­i­nally sentenced to life in prison but the term was re­duced to 12 years on ap­peal. Court sources in­di­cated that the trial for money laun­der­ing is likely to be post­poned.

Min­i­mar­ket fire.

A min­i­mar­ket owned by a Bangladeshi man on Crete burned down early yes­ter­day. The store, lo­cated in the cen­ter of Irak­lio, may have been tar­geted by ar­son­ists. The fire ser­vice said that it was in­ves­ti­gat­ing all pos­si­ble causes for the blaze, which was ex­tin­guished be­fore it caused dam­age to the sur­round­ing homes. No­body was in­jured.

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