Mi­nors, adults not kept apart

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The Om­buds­man has called on the gov­ern­ment to take fur­ther steps to en­sure that mi­nors are not kept with adults at the Amyg­daleza de­ten­tion cen­ter for mi­grants in north­ern Athens. Of­fi­cials from the in­de­pen­dent rights watch­dog vis­ited the camp in Au­gust and found that the proper pro­cesses were not in place to sep­a­rate mi­nors from adults when they ar­rived at the cen­ter. The Om­buds­man made a num­ber of rec­om­men­da­tions aimed at help­ing to en­sure mi­nors are kept to­gether, in­clud­ing the reg­u­lar pres­ence of in­ter­preters, who were found to be miss­ing from the camp. In its re­port, which was sent to the Pub­lic Or­der, Health and La­bor min­istries, the watch­dog re­minded the gov­ern­ment that in­ter­na­tional con­ven­tions and na­tional law for­bid mi­nors be­ing kept in the same area as adults.

Flag of­fense.

A 14-year-old boy was to face a pros­e­cu­tor in Halkidiki, north­ern Greece, yes­ter­day on charges of des­e­crat­ing a na­tional sym­bol after he al­legedly re­moved the Greek flag from the yard of his for­mer school in Nea Mouda­nia and hid it in nearby shrubs. Ac­cord­ing to a po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion, the pupil, who is not Greek, re­moved the flag from its mast on the night of Oc­to­ber 19. He had been ex­pelled from the school for “in­ap­pro­pri­ate be­hav­ior.” Charges also have been lodged against his guardian for ne­glect­ful su­per­vi­sion of a mi­nor.

Coun­cil for Refugees.

Work­ers at the Greek Coun­cil for Refugees has is­sued a state­ment say­ing that they have not been paid for six months. The em­ploy­ees claim that the gov­ern­ment has not re­leased the nec­es­sary funds for pro­grams run by the or­ga­ni­za­tion even though two-thirds of the costs are cov­ered by the Euro­pean Union. The coun­cil pro­vides as­sis­tance to asy­lum seek­ers and refugees.

Ex­plo­sives in­ter­cepted.

Coast guard of­fi­cers on the Aegean is­land of Naxos yes­ter­day in­ter­cepted a 53-year-old man as he was try­ing to hand over a 25-kilo­gram pack­age of ex­plo­sives to the cap­tain of a pro­fes­sional fish­ing boat. Of­fi­cers spot­ted the man get­ting out of a car in the south­ern port of Vo­laka and ap­proach­ing the edge of the pier with the pack­age. On re­al­iz­ing he had been seen, the sus­pect leaped into the sea and tried to swim to the fish­ing boat but the cap­tain steered the boat away and sailed off. The pack­age was found to con­tain 25 kilo­grams of an uniden­ti­fied ex­plo­sive di­vided into six sep­a­rate pack­ets. While il­le­gal, us­ing ex­plo­sives to stun schools of fish, which makes them eas­ier to col­lect, is still prac­ticed in the Aegean.

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