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Athens News Agency: News in English, 11-04-29

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  • [01] Parliament probe of ex-minister
  • [02] Seven-year-old fireworks victim dies of injuries
  • [03] Strike plans at PPC
  • [04] Athens Newspaper Headlines 

  • [01] Parliament probe of ex-minister

    (ANA-MPA) -- The proposal tabled by 112 ruling PASOK deputies on the establishment of an investigating committee to probe possible responsibilities of former PASOK minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos in the purchase of three German-made submarines was accepted by the Parliamentary plenum on Thursday, with 226 votes in favour and nine against.

    The decision was taken with a secret ballot in which 250 deputies voted, while the Parliamentary group of the Popular Orthodox Rally (LA.O.S) party (15 deputies) did not participate, having withdrawn from the process earlier along with five deputies of the newly formed Democratic Alliance. Nine "present" votes were also cast, as well as one blank and five invalid ones.

    The investigating committee will examine the evidence against Tsohatzopoulos and has the power to indict him to stand trial before a criminal court directly.


    More details on the subscriber's page of ANA-MPA | Subscription request form


    [02] Seven-year-old fireworks victim dies of injuries

    The seven-year-old that was hit in the face by a naval flare during the midnight mass on Easter Sunday has died of his injuries, doctors reported on Friday.

    The boy was admitted to Agia Sophia children's hospital in central Athens with severe head trauma and facial injuries after a flare fired by a 25-year-old celebrating the Resurrection landed in the courtyard of the Church, near the boy's face.

    The incident occurred in Drosia, Halkida where the young boy was attending church with his parents.

    The 25-year-old man was placed under arrest and taken before a public prosecutor, who charged him with causing serious bodily harm, causing explosions and breaking laws on the use of fireworks.

    Letting off flares and fireworks that are very often home-made, even firing shots in the air, is a custom associated with the Easter resurrection mass throughout Greece and one that often results in serious injuries and sometimes deaths every year.

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    [03] Strike plans at PPC

    (ANA-MPA) The board of the Public Power Corporation's staff union GENOP on Friday confirmed that it plans to hold rolling 48-hour strikes if the government goes ahead with plans for the further securitisation of the PPC.

    The union said the launch of the strikes would be based on when the government decided to table the relevant omnibus bill in Parliament, while stressing that the strikes would many days before this happened.

    It also repeated a call to other unions and organisations to adopt a position on whether they agreed to the further privatisation of Greece's power utility.

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    [04] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Friday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    The prime minister's appearance before the cabinet on Thursday, the submarines scandal and new bankruptcy law amendments were the main front-page items in Athens' dailies on Friday.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Neither restructuring, nor elections nor reshuffle". [article on Prime Minister George Papandreou's address to cabinet]

    AVGHI: "Submarine cover-up".

    AVRIANI: "George at the wrong time and place".

    AXIA: "Zero-hour for banks".

    DIMOKRATIA: "GENOP! 'Papaconstantinou was guiding us'" [ article claims close links between Public Power Corporation's staff union GENOP and Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou]

    ELEFTHEROS: "Extraterrestrial alien prime minister acted as commentator in the cabinet".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "Hunt for tax-evaders through deposits, real estate".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Your tax statement in 60 simple steps".

    ESTIA: "The prime minister is satisfied. He's ruled out restructuring, elections, reshuffle".

    ETHNOS: "A 'haircut' for university, TEI admittance numbers".

    KATHIMERINI: "Papandreou admonitions just blanks. He spoke about danger-mongering and ministerial 'fiefs'".

    KOSMOS TOY EPENDYTI: "Financial crimes squad the 'heavy artillery' with 150,000 inspections for 6.5 billion euro - radical reorganisation with one tax office per prefecture".

    LOGOS: "226 vote 'yes' to preliminary investigation of the submarines' case by Parliament".

    NAFTEMPORIKI: "The new bankruptcy code gives 'second chance'".

    NIKI: "Jean-Claude Trichet presents: 'The new Greek drama'"

    RIZOSPASTIS: "Peoples health endangered by supply shortages in hospitals".

    STO KARFI: "New Democracy in uproar over audit".

    TA NEA: "Closed professions to the bargaining table".

    VRADYNI: "Rescue from bankruptcy".

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