Man cleared after 17 years

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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.

Drug haul.

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.

Cataract bribe.

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.

Lawyer ar­rested.

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.

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