Busi­ness­man claims ex­tor­tion

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Two Fi­nan­cial Crimes Squad (SDOE) em­ploy­ees have been ar­rested along with four other peo­ple ac­cused of ex­tor­tion. Au­thor­i­ties said yes­ter­day that the ar­rests were made after a busi­ness­man claimed he was be­ing asked to pay a 50,000-euro bribe so that an in­spec­tion of his company could be con­cluded with­out the firm be­ing fined. Po­lice also ar­rested the al­leged vic­tim’s 68-yearold ac­coun­tant, her 74-year-old hus­band, a for­mer Fi­nance Min­istry em­ployee, and 43-year-old son, who works at the Bank of Greece. A 54-yearold Fi­nance Min­istry em­ployee was also taken into cus­tody.

Karatzaferis to stay.

The head of Popular Ortho­dox Rally (LAOS), Gior­gos Karatzaferis, yes­ter­day re­buffed re­ports that he was set to re­sign as leader of the right-wing party amid a probe into pay­ments of 1.65 mil­lion euros al­legedly made into off­shore com­pa­nies linked to him and mem­bers of his fam­ily. “I stress and clar­ify that I’m not go­ing to aban­don the party lead­er­ship,” he told ANT1 tele­vi­sion chan­nel. “I won’t give in, I won’t back down, I won’t com­pro­mise,” he said, re­peat­ing that the af­fair was pri­vate and did not in­volve the party. Re­ports in Real News weekly al­leged that the pay­ments were made by two busi­ness­men act­ing as mid­dle­men in the sale of Su­per Puma he­li­copters to Greek au­thor­i­ties. Karatzaferis de­nied any knowl­edge of the peo­ple men­tioned in the re­port though he did not deny a link to the off­shore firm.

Forged de­grees.

An on­go­ing in­spec­tion aimed at weed­ing out pub­lic sec­tor em­ploy­ees who were hired on the ba­sis of forged de­gree cer­tifi­cates or other fake qual­i­fi­ca­tions has pointed to a Court of Au­dit depart­ment head. The un­named em­ployee joined the court in 1987 and re­tired in April of this year at the age of 53 and just in time to avoid the civil ser­vant crack­down, Kathimerini un­der­stands. He is al­leged to have se­cured his job with two forged de­grees.

Marathon fi­nances.

The Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Marathon, north­east of Athens, has rev­enues of nearly 20 mil­lion euros, ex­penses of 17 mil­lion euros and loans of 4 mil­lion euros, ac­cord­ing to data sub­mit­ted in Par­lia­ment yes­ter­day by In­te­rior Min­is­ter Ar­gyris Dinopou­los in re­sponse to a ques­tion by In­de­pen­dent Greeks MP Ma­rina Chrysoveloni. Dinopou­los last month ap­proved an ad­vance of 400,000 euros to cover the mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s pay­roll needs after Mayor Ilias Psi­nakis sug­gested it was close to bank­ruptcy fol­low­ing years of mis­man­age­ment.

Mur­der trial.

The ap­peals trial of two men sentenced to life in prison for the 2011 mur­der of two DIAS motorcycle-rid­ing squad of­fi­cers in the dis­trict of Rendi, south­ern Athens, was yes­ter­day post­poned to Fe­bru­ary 2. The vic­tims, Gior­gos Sky­loyian­nis, 22 and Yian­nis Evan­ge­linelis, 23, died after four men opened fire on eight DIAS of­fi­cers who were pur­su­ing them fol­low­ing a rob­bery on a con­ve­nience store in Menidi, north of Athens.

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