Professor sorry for comment
Professor Yiannis Tzifopoulos yesterday apologized for comments that those in positions of power should act along “fascist” lines. In a statement yesterday, Tzifopoulos, who on Tuesday resigned as deputy rector of Thessaloniki’s Aristotle University over the incident, said he had used the phrase metaphorically. “The phrase, which was taken out of context, referred to the indiscriminate application of the law,” he said. Authorities at Aristotle University warned yesterday that repeated sit-ins by protesting students are harming the institution’s operations. “If the situation continues, the AUT will have to face... exactly those problems which will in the future be the cause of protest by the same groups, and then naturally by the rest of the students,” an official statement from the university said, adding that the problems were caused by a small minority of students.
Seven people have been arrested and another is being sought in connection with the alleged forgery of wills. One of the suspects at large is an 80-year-old former New Democracy MP, according to reports. The gang is alleged to have obtained 12 properties and 480,000 euros in cash by producing fake wills. They targeted rich people with no surviving relatives.
The deputy mayor of Iraklio, Petros Iniotakis, was undergoing treatment at a Cretan hospital yesterday after being attacked in the city center on Tuesday night. Iniotakis had two surgeries on Tuesday night after being struck by an assailant wearing brass knuckles. Police said they are studying CCTV footage from stores in the area in an effort to discover more clues about the incident. The attack was unanimously condemned by the municipal council.
A 77-year-old man was arrested for child molestation in central Athens on Tuesday night. Authorities said that the man was caught leaving a hotel in the Omonia area with a 12-year-old girl. The suspect is alleged to have paid the youngster money to accompany him to the hotel, where he is believed to have molested her.
Fraud charges are to be brought against a 72-year-old woman who allegedly claimed a widow’s pension illegally for 24 years. The woman failed to notify authorities that she remarried after her husband died. As a result, she allegedly received some 181,000 euros that she was not entitled to.