Ko­ry­dal­los riot curbed

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Guards at At­tica’s high-se­cu­rity Ko­ry­dal­los Prison hos­pi­tal yes­ter­day man­aged to curb a ram­page by a group of in­mates that ap­peared to be trig­gered by the ar­rest of a vis­i­tor at­tempt­ing to smug­gle drugs to one of the pris­on­ers. A group of Ge­or­gian in­mates caused wide­spread dam­age in the hos­pi­tal, ac­cord­ing to sources who said a sub­se­quent in­spec­tion re­vealed that 25 of the pris­on­ers be­ing treated in the wards had makeshift knives and other weapons. Ear­lier in the day, there was trou­ble at Aghios Ste­fanos Prison in the western port of Pa­tra where an Al­ba­nian in­mate knifed two com­pa­tri­ots, in­jur­ing them both se­ri­ously.

Stu­dent unions.

Athens Univer­sity rec­tor Theodoros Fort­sakis sought to ap­pease anger among stu­dents fol­low­ing his con­tro­ver­sial pro­posal that stu­dent unions use on­line vot­ing to de­cide whether or not to hold sit-ins at univer­sity fac­ul­ties, say­ing that the decision should be that of the stu­dents them­selves. “We didn’t say that we don’t want stu­dent unions,” Fort­sakis said. “On the con­trary, we want them and we would like to see them re­in­forced,” he said, not­ing that an evot­ing sys­tem could help stu­dents gar­ner broad support for pro­posed ini­tia­tives.

Con­vict crit­i­cal.

Irak­lis Kostaris, a con­victed mem­ber of the dis­man­tled Novem­ber 17 ter­ror­ist group, was yes­ter­day trans­ferred to the Thri­a­sio Hos­pi­tal in Elef­sina, in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion fol­low­ing three weeks on hunger strike. Kostaris, 47, was moved from At­tica’s high-se­cu­rity Ko­ry­dal­los Prison to the hos­pi­tal on the or­ders of a car­di­ol­o­gist at the prison. The con­vict, who is serv­ing a life sen­tence for par­tic­i­pa­tion in N17’s ac­tiv­i­ties, launched his hunger strike to protest a decision by prison au­thor­i­ties to curb his fur­loughs dur­ing which he had been study­ing at Pi­raeus tech­ni­cal col­lege. Prison au­thor­i­ties cut all fur­loughs after another N17 con­vict, Christodou­los Xeros, dis­ap­peared dur­ing a nine-day leave in Jan­uary.

Lawyers’ strike.

Lawyers through­out Greece de­cided yes­ter­day to ex­tend their strike un­til De­cem­ber 5. The ac­tion be­gan on Novem­ber 25 in protest at a bill in­tro­duc­ing changes to civil pro­ce­dural law. How­ever, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of all the coun­try’s 63 bar as­so­ci­a­tions de­cided yes­ter­day to ex­tend the ac­tion.

Doc­tor con­victed.

A court in Ka­terini, near Thes­sa­loniki, gave a 12-month sus­pended jail sen­tence to an oph­thal­mol­o­gist yes­ter­day after he was found guilty of ac­cept­ing a 300-euro bribe in or­der to speed up a pa­tient’s op­er­a­tion. The 51year-old doc­tor, who is the head of the oph­thal­mol­ogy depart­ment at Ka­terini Hos­pi­tal, was ar­rested after the son of the 66-year-old pa­tient no­ti­fied po­lice. The doc­tor in­sisted that the money had been a gift, not a bribe.

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