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Athens News Agency: News in English, 96-12-26

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From: The Athens News Agency at <>


Athens, Greece, 26/12/1996 (ANA)


  • Rain, snow hit Northern Greece
  • Road toll reaches 21
  • 17 charged for illegal construction of mosque
  • Apostolopoulos Group accord with Montenegro
  • Italian apprehended for student's murder
  • Romanian burglar apprehended


    Snow hits Northern Greece

    Northern Greece is celebrating a belated "white" Christmas as a rapid deterioration in the weather in the early morning hours resulted in heavy snowfall in Thessaloniki at noon. There was light snowfall also in central, western and eastern Macedonia and Thrace.

    The snowfall was accompanied by a sharp drop in temperatures, which ranged from 1-7 degrees C, with the lowest temperature, zero degrees C, registered in the town of Florina.

    Road toll reaches 21

    A total of 21 people lost their lives, and another 126 were injured, in traffic accidents throughout Greece between Christmas Eve and today, traffic police reported.

    17 charged for illegal construction of Mosque

    The Imam of Kimmerion, Xanthi and 16 community residents have been charged with violating building legislation in carrying out construction work on a mosque without a building licence.

    Imam Aahmet Indris, 51, Kimmerion community president Hussein Pantak, 42, and 14 other community residents are due in court on January 3 in Xanthi for violating building legislation.

    Apostolopoulos Group accord with Montenegro

    The Apostolopoulos Group of Greece has signed a mammouth agreement with the Montenegrin government providing for the establishment of a joint venture that will set up a Medical Diagnostic Centre in Podgorica and making the Apostolopoulos Group Montenegro's exclusive representative in Greece with respect to setting up Montenegro-based offshore investment companies.

    In addition to the medical and offshore sectors, the wide-ranging agreement further provides for cooperationb etween the two sides in import-export trade, the media, insurance, and the establishment of an offshore bank.

    The Diagnostic Centre, covering an area of 1,000 sq. metres, will meet European Union standards and have state-of-the-art medical equipment, and will accept state-insured patients. It also aims to attract patients from Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia.

    In addition, the Apostolopoulos Group will be the exclusive representative in Greece of Montenegrin offshore companies, with authorisation to register vessels with the Montenegro Shipping Registry.

    The Apostolopoulos Group further has the ability to establish, jointly with the Montenegrin government, an insurance company, offshore banks, and an imports-exports company trading in a variety of products including leather and lumber.

    Montenegro, with a population of 700,000, is located between Albania and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Since April 1992, it comprises the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia together with Serbia.

    Italian apprehended for student's murder

    Italian national Giovanni Perosa, 56, from Trieste, has been arrested for the killing of Patras Technical College (TEI) student Irene Antoniou, 27, the body of whom was found in the Athens seaside suburb of Neo Faliron on December 5.

    Perosa had escaped on June 30 from the Tyrinth agricultural prison, where he was serving an 11 year, 3-month term for narcotics, while a two-year term for burglaries was also pending.

    Perosa admitted the killing to police after he was arrested in the Athens residential district of Kypseli.

    He said he strangled Antoniou on December 2 and threw her body into the Kifissos River after she told him she was seeing another man. According to police, torrential rains that night raised river's water level, resulting in the body being carried all the way to the Neo Faliron outlet.

    That same day, Perosa left for Patras, and after spending three days in his car, he left for Italy by boat on December 5. He returned to Greece two weeks ago, and was apprehended by police in Kypseli Square for suspicious conduct.

    Romanian burglar apprehended

    A 24-year-old Romanian national has been arrested for burgling 150 houses in wealthy Athens suburbs in 1995 and 1996, police said today.

    Cornel Contesko admitted to carrying out the burglaries in the suburbs of Filothei, Holargos, Aghia Paraskevi, Kalogreza and Pefki, removing jewelry, clothing and electronic equipment from the houses.

    He told police he burgled some of the homes by himself, and others with two other Romanian nationals -- Daniel Baltariou and Rona Lucian -- who were also arrested recently for burglary.


    Dropping temperatures and clouds deteriorating to rain and snowfall throughout the country. Sleet and snow predicted for Macedonia and Thrace, while the rest of the country will have local showers and sporadic storms. Snowfall expected tonight in Central Greece as well. In Athens, clouds will alternate with sunshine, while snow is expected at night on Mt. Parnassos, with temperatures ranging from 4-9 C. Cloudiness and sleet in Thessaloniki turning to snow later on, with temperatures ranging from 1-3 C.


    (Closing rates - buying)

    US dlr. 250.47 Pound sterling 420.48 Cyprus pd 532.00 French franc 46.814 Swiss franc 189.97 German mark 161.11 Italian lira (100) 16.41 Yen (100) 219.23 ECU 310.02


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