Gov­er­nor gets rap for breach

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The con­tro­ver­sial gov­er­nor of Cen­tral Mace­do­nia, Panayi­o­tis Pso­mi­adis, was sus­pended from duty yes­ter­day, fol­low­ing a de­ci­sion by the re­gional ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cial Thymios Sokos, and will re­port­edly be re­placed by his brother, Dion­y­sis Pso­mi­adis.

Pso­mi­adis, who re­ceived a one-year sen­tence that was sus­pended for three years on charges of vi­o­la­tion of duty, said in re­sponse to his sus­pen­sion, “Only the peo­ple can kick me out; noth­ing is fi­nal, and there’s al­ways the Supreme Court.”

The out­spo­ken of­fi­cial said that his brother, cur­rently al­ter­nate gov­er­nor, would re­place him and that he would con­tinue to of­fer his ser­vices to the re­gion on a vol­un­tary ba­sis.

Pso­mi­adis was found guilty of breach of duty by an ap­peals court ear­lier this year for re­duc­ing a fine for a Thes­sa­loniki gas sta­tion that sold adul­ter­ated fuel while he was the north­ern port city’s pre­fect.

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