Victim’s grandchildren charged
Two half-brothers, aged 26 and 29, have been charged with murdering their 69-year-old grandmother and stealing a television from her home on the Dodecanese island of Rhodes. According to sources, each of the suspects has blamed the other for the fatal beating on Tuesday night. Police found the woman dead in her home in the area of Asgouros, close to the town of Rhodes, where a window was found to have been smashed. A detailed examination of the premises revealed the absence of a television which was later found to have been sold to two locals, aged 21 and 23. Sources indicated that the two men had frequently pressed their grandmother to give them money, and argued when she refused.
STASY, the company that manages fixed-track forms of public transport in Athens, said yesterday that it had notified judicial authorities about an incident earlier this week involving a commuter who claimed she was slapped by a ticket inspector at the central Omonia metro station after refusing to pay a fine. In a statement, STASY said it had supplied judicial officials with footage from its security cameras, noting that it aimed to protect “the standing” of public transport while also showing “absolute respect” for the rights of commuters. The commuter claimed she was pushed and slapped by a ticket inspector after refusing to pay a fine for traveling without a ticket as she was unemployed.
Believing that the necessary security measures were not in place, Supreme Court prosecutor Athanasios Akritidis yesterday ordered an investigation into the behavior of Olympiakos fans at a recent soccer match with fierce rivals Panathinaikos. Olympiakos won the home game 1-0 but Akritidis deemed that the large amount of flares, smokebombs and firecrackers thrown onto the pitch before the game put the safety of players and fans at the Karaiskaki Stadium at risk. Akritidis noted that there were no such problems at a Champions League game at the stadium a few days earlier. He asked the Piraeus prosecutor’s office to examine whether club staff or supporters’ club representatives could be held culpable.
Deputy Labor Minister Vassilis Kegeroglou yesterday unveiled a European Union-funded program aimed at providing food and material support to some 165,000 poor Greek families. The program, which has a budget of 330 million euros, is to run from 2015 through 2020, and will be implemented in association with the Church of Greece and local authorities.