Man cleared after 17 years
A 43-year-old man who had appeared in court four times in connection the brutal murder of a medical student in 1997 was cleared by the Supreme Court yesterday. The student, Evi Gatidou, was stabbed 104 times in her apartment in Larissa, central Greece, but nobody stood trial for her murder until 2005, when the 43-year-old was convicted. An appeals court cleared him in 2007 but the ruling was annulled and a new appeal was heard. The man was cleared for a second time but that decision was also annulled, leading to a third appeal hearing, which he also won.
JP Morgan blast.
The first instance prosecutor’s office issued charges yesterday against the unknown members of a little-known urban guerrilla group, Revolutionary Continuation, in connection with a bombing at the offices of JP Morgan Chase Bank in Athens in February 2010. The charges were issued after the anti-terrorism squad sent its report to the prosecutor. The blast did not cause any injuries.
Two Albanian nationals, aged 41 and 43, faced an Athens prosecutor yesterday on drug-trafficking charges after a police inspection of a tourist coach near the border crossing at Krystallopigi on Tuesday turned up more than 20 kilograms of heroin. The drugs were hidden in packages that had been inserted in the air ducts of the vehicle’s air conditioning system, according to police sources. The inspection, which took place while the coach was en route to Tirana from Istanbul, was part of a broader campaign to curb the trafficking of drugs between Turkey and Albania via Greece.
A 51-year-old ophthalmologist, the head of the ophthalmic clinic at a hospital in northern Greece, faced a prosecutor in northern Greece yesterday on charges of demanding a 300-euro bribe to plan swift cataract surgery for a patient. A relative of the patient reported the doctor to police. He was arrested on Wednesday in the act of accepting the 300 euros in pre-marked bills from the patient.
A 53-year-old lawyer taken into custody in northern Greece after biting a policeman’s hand has been arrested for allegedly molesting a 13-year-old boy. The lawyer, from Athens, was stopped by a policeman on Tuesday so his car could be searched but he reacted by biting the officer’s hand. The 53-yearold was taken into custody and officers at the precinct found that he was wanted for allegedly assaulting the boy last year.