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Athens News Agency: News in English, 07-01-19

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] Gov't faces issues of terrorism with high priority and respects the constitutional order, minister says

  • [01] Gov't faces issues of terrorism with high priority and respects the constitutional order, minister says

    Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis conferred Friday morning with justice minister Anastasis Papaligouras, who briefed the premier on ministry affairs.

    Replying to press questions after the meeting, with respect to the university asylum prompted by the recent violent incidents by masked troublemakers during a demonstration, Papaligouras said that "it is time for the university to become an asylum for ideas, and not for such actions that we see occuring".

    Regarding the incidents themselves, Papaligiouras said that "the State has the organisation to effectively tackle them with the necessary (safety) valves".

    To another question on the operation and use of security cameras, the justice minister said that a decision was awaited from the Council of State, stressing that "the government faces issues of terrorism with high priority and respects the constitutional order". He was referring to a government petition tabled with the Council of State, the country's supreme administrative court, requesting permission to use video-footage from traffic surveillance cameras in the environs of the US embassy in Athens in its investigation on last Friday's early-morning rocket attack at the embassy, which caused minor material damage but no injuries.

    Under a standing ruling by the Personal Data Protection independent authority, the use of footage from the traffic surveillance cameras for any other purpose is prohibited.

    Questioned on the role of the Independent Authorities, Papaligouras noted that "the institution has been tried internationally", adding that the institution was relatively new in Greece, and their effectiveness "will be judged over the course of time".

    To a question on new incidents of judicial corruption that have recently come to light, Papaligouras replied that "as you know, the government tackles every incident of corruption efficiently".


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