Sailor believed clear of virus
Health authorities yesterday said that a sailor on a ship bound from Guinea to the port of Piraeus who was reported to have been displaying possible signs of Ebola was not believed to be infected with the deadly virus that has claimed thousands of lives in West Africa. A statement issued last night by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (KEELPNO) said that the symptoms displayed by the ailing Filipino sailor on the Greek-flagged commercial vessel “are not consistent with the definitions of a suspicious outbreak of the virus.” Sources suggested that the sailor may be suffering from a urinary tract infection.
A prosecutor tasked with investigating soccer-related crimes has summoned the chiefs of major clubs Olympiakos and AEK to answer questions relating to a violent attack on a referee last week. Vangelis Marinakis of Olympiakos and Dimitris Melissanidis of AEK, as well as Hellenic Football Federation (EPO) chief Giorgos Sarris are being called to provide information on the attack suffered by Christoforos Zografos, also the vice president of EPO’s refereeing committee, who was beaten with an iron bar outside his home last week after receiving threats by telephone. According to reports, Marinakis alleged during a meeting of soccer bosses that Melissanidis ordered the assault. The AEK supremo denies any involvement.
Graft trial postponed.
A second trial concerning the embezzlement of over a million euros from the Municipality of Thessaloniki and involving the northern port city’s former mayor, Vassilis Papageorgopoulos, was postponed yesterday. A Thessaloniki court ordered that the trial resume on March 16 after one of the 17 defendants’ lawyers was unable to attend due to ill health. Papageorgopoulos is already serving a 12-year sentence for the embezzlement of another 17.9 million euros from city coffers.
Education Minister Andreas Loverdos was discharged from a hospital in Istanbul yesterday after being admitted on Saturday with intense lower-back pain. Doctors said the minister, who was on an official visit to Istanbul to meet Greek Orthodox Church officials and members of the diaspora, is suffering from cystolithiasis.
International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde yesterday wrote to Greek Justice Minister Haralambos Athanasiou clarifying that threats she has alluded to having received over comments regarding tax evasion in Greece were made over social media and not addressed to her personally. Lagarde told the Financial Times in an interview in September that “when I have talked about Greece and its taxes before, I got death threats and we had to increase security.” Her comments prompted a probe by Greek authorities.