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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 05-07-14

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  • [01] Searching for the Mastermind
  • [02] Strict EU Measures
  • [03] Discovery Launch Postponed
  • [04] Patriarchate Siege Ended
  • [05] New Massacre in Iraq
  • [06] Tension Escalates in the Middle East
  • [07] New French-British Clash
  • [08] Cirillo in AEK

  • [01] As per the British Press Searching for the Mastermind

    14 Jul 2005 08:13:00 (Last updated: 14 Jul 2005 12:31:34)

    By Tina Valaoura

    Sources: ANA - BBC - AFP

    Today is a day of commemoration and contemplation, a week after the terrorist hits in the heart of London. At 2pm (Greek local time) millions of people throughout Europe will observe a two-minute silence in memory of the 57 victims. All buses and vehicles in London will stop during that time, announcements will be made in the underground, while no planes will land in or take off Heathrow and Gatwick. In addition, the Mayor of the British capital invited all citizens to stand outside homes, shops and offices to show their complete defiance of terrorism, which has been overshadowing Europe. St Botolph Church, near the Aldgate bomb, will hold a brief Act of Remembrance, while a vigil will be held at Trafalgar Square at 6pm.

    At the same time, the British authorities are sorting through all the clues at hand, continuing their investigations at a rapid pace and hoping to make new discoveries concerning last Thursdays bombing attacks. As per an article in todays Times, the police are now focusing their attention firstly on a Pakistani male suspect, who is considered the mastermind behind the attacks and secondly a fifth bomber, who is still at large.

    Investigations for a Fifth Bomber

    As per the newspaper, the British authorities believe that the Pakistani man is aged around 30 and is connected to al Qaeda cells in the USA, while he might have been involved in other terrorist activities in the past.

    The suspect arrived at a British post last month and fled the country on 6 July, just one day before the bloodshed. According to the article, he orchestrated the attacks, chose the targets and trained the bombers.

    The Times also speak of a new twist to the case, since the anti-terrorist units believe that a fifth man, who is also considered to be Pakistani, might also have been a prospective suicide bomber, but remains at large in London. The man was tapped by a closed camera circuit in Lutons station, while he was standing close to the four suicide bombers.

    The Financial Times are also supporting this information, while they wrote that Scotland Yard has distributed a photo of the suspect.

    At the same time, the Sun is claming that Scotland Yard located the trail of an Egyptian professor teaching Chemistry at the University of Leeds, after the police found explosives in his apartment. It also mentioned that the suspect is named Magdi el-Nassar, is aged 33 and departed for Egypt a little before the attacks.

    On its part, Guardian criticised the efforts of Blairs Government to isolate the terrorist attacks from Britains involvement in the Iraq war. As it wrote, Afghanistan brought the country closer to a terrorist attack, but Iraq delivered the unavoidable. It also added that the PM bears part of the responsibility, since although he had been briefed by the secret services about the imminent danger of a terrorist attack, he continued supporting the policies of a foreign power, thus undermining the security of the British people.

    In the meantime, the names of the four men who are allegedly the perpetrators of the July 7 massacre were made public. These are:

    Shehzad Tanweer, aged 22, born in Bradford, lived in Beeston, Leeds. He studied religion in Pakistan, while forensic evidence links him to the Aldgate blast.

    Hasib Mir Hussain, aged 22, lived in Holbeck, Leeds. He was reported missing on the day of bombings. He is said to have turned very religious two years ago. His ID was found in the No 30 bus.

    Mohammed Sadique Khan, aged 30, from Beeston, Leeds, who recently moved to Dewsbury and was married with a baby. His ID was found at the Edgware Road blast site. The identity of the fourth bomber remains a question mark. He is believed to be a friend of the other three and lived in the same area.

    The Teacher, the Teenager and the Graduate was the title of the relevant article about the three bombers in the Daily Mirror. They are all described as ordinary next door people, while the two younger ones had the usual hobbies, including football and girls. In addition, Mohammed Sadique is described as a quiet, polite person, who was loved by his pupils.

    However, Scotland Yard is convinced about their activities. Today, it was announced that a new police operation was carried out in Elsberry, 40km northwest of the British capital, without any arrests, though. The building that was raided is being investigated by the criminological services. Meanwhile, the searches are continuing in Leeds, where 500 people had to spend the night away from their homes, since the police was sweeping the buildings that are believed to have been used by the bombers as their headquarters.

    Translated by Vicky Ghionis

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    [02] To Cope With Terrorist Attacks Strict EU Measures

    14 Jul 2005 00:20:00

    By Mary Lou Tzempelikou

    And while in the UK the search to track down suspects for the July 7 terrorist hit continues at a rapid pace, in Brussels, during an emergency Summit, the EUs Justice and Internal Affairs Ministers decided to adopt stricter measures for limiting the action of terrorist groups. Talks focused on legislative amendments regarding recording and storing telecommunications from and to EU Member-States, an issue that has triggered various reactions. Greek Minister of Public Order Giorgos Voulgarakis participated in the Summit and in his speech stressed that Greece is focused on dealing with terrorism, while putting emphasis on the need to coordinate practices and the system of exchanging information and national legislations that have to do with the safety, security and protection of democratic rights.

    Adopting Measures at a Quicker Pace

    The Minister of the EU Member-States voiced their unanimous solidarity to the United Kingdom and decided to promptly promote a series of legislative amendments, which had also been adopted after the 9/11 terrorist attack.

    During his intervention, Mr Voulgarakis voiced the solidarity and support of the Greek government to the British people, but also expressed some reservations regarding the timeframe of storing telecommunications data, as this was set to one year. It should be noted that Cyprus and the Netherlands adopted similar stances.

    The Greek Minister of Public Order clarified that the declaration signed by the 25 does not provide for new measures, but simply puts emphasis on the improvement of cooperation between Member-States by accelerating the process of putting the already implemented measures into effect.


    Accelerating the legislative regulation on the matter of storing and recording telecommunications to and from the EU. As per this regulation, all companies are required to keep records of all calls, SMSs and e-mails within the EU. The timeframe for storing is one year, while the records should include the time, duration and place where the calls are placed, but not their content. It should be noted that this regulation is hard to be implemented due to the different legislations in the various EU Member-State Coordinating the security characteristics among the various Member-States Coordinating visas issued to citizens of third countries visiting the EU Reinforcing judicial collaboration, as well as collaboration of police, anti-terrorist units and intelligence agencies of the Member-States on matters of terrorism Reinforcing security at the main European infrastructures, such as ports and airports Proposing measures to deal with the problem of explosives trafficking within the EU Implementing measures to confine the financial capabilities of terrorist groups. In this context, travellers would have to declare to the proper authorities whether they are carrying over 10,000 Euros upon exiting a country.

    Translated by Sofia Soulioti

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    [03] Due to a Technical Problem in Fuel Supply Discovery Launch Postponed

    13 Jul 2005 21:52:00

    By Mary Lou Tzempelikou

    A technical problem in fuel supply was the reason for the postponement of space shuttle Discoverys launch, literally at the last minute. In an announcement, NASA stated that the problem does not allow the launch of Discovery, as the fuel supply malfunction could deprive Discovery from acquiring maximum speed during the launching process. After the problem was spotted, the crew, which was already set for launch, stepped out from the space shuttle, while it still remains unknown when Discovery will set off for its trip into space.

    Translated by Sofia Soulioti

    [04] Patriarchate Siege Ended

    13 Jul 2005 22:19:00

    By Mary Lou Tzempelikou

    A while after 20:30 (Greek time) the 30 men Eirinaios had hired to take over the Jerusalem Patriarchate were removed. Police negotiations with the squatters lasted for more than two hours, while as per Police Chief at the Old City of Jerusalem, the squatters had stressed they wouldnt end the siege if they didnt get the money Eirinaios had promised to give them. Although the 30 men were finally removed from the Patriarchate, tension did not scale down, as members of the Holy Sepulchre Brotherhood surrounded Eirinaios residence, demanding he should return the keys to the Patriarchates three entrances, keys which he had taken by force from the monks at the time of the siege.

    Siege for 200 Euros

    Based on the agreement between Eirinaios and the squatters, which had been signed in the presence of a Palestinian lawyer, Eirinaios would give each of the men 200 euros. However, Eirinaios said he wasnt willing to give more than 40 euros each.

    After negotiations, he was forced to give the agreed sum for their services and the squatters left the Patriarchate.

    Translated by Sofia Soulioti

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    [05] Double Suicide Attack in the Green Zone New Massacre in Iraq

    14 Jul 2005 10:30:00

    By Vicky Keleri

    Sources: Reuters- Associated Press

    Following yesterdays suicide attack in Baghdad, with many children as victims, another two suicide attacks rocked Iraq today. At least one person was killed and another six were injured, including two police officers. The attacks were recorded close to the Green Zone, where the offices of the Iraqi government and other diplomatic missions are housed. As per a police witness, who was in the area at the time, one of the suicide bombers was in a police car and blew himself up close to a police checkpoint. The second bomber was strapped with explosives and attacked police officers as they were running for cover. According to Interior Ministry sources, the police arrested another suicide bomber, who was among the wounded. Reuters reporters in the area declared that an exchange of fire followed the attacks, as gunshots were being heard for a long time.

    In the meantime, the bodies of ten people who had been shot to the head were recovered in Baghdad.

    All the victims were male, aged between 25 and 35 and were located in Maamel, in the eastern outskirts of Baghdad.

    Their names have not been released yet, as no IDs or official documents were found among them.

    Translated by Vicky Ghionis

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    [06] The Israeli Army Continues its Operations Tension Escalates in the Middle East

    14 Jul 2005 10:03:00

    By Vicky Keleri

    Sources: Reuters

    The Israeli army raided the town Nablus, on the northern part of the West Bank, killing one Palestinian. The man was Mohammed al-Asi, a local commander of the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, who took shelter in a building. As per hospital sources, al-Asi was found dead in the garden of the house he was hiding in. Meanwhile, a police spokesperson declared that the young Palestinian was shot dead as he was trying to escape. Another member of the Brigades was arrested during the operation, while another nine Palestinians were taken in during the night, as they are believed to be linked to the Islamic Jihad, which claimed responsibility for the attack in Netanya on Tuesday. In the meantime, the death toll from that attack has climbed to five, since a soldier who was being hospitalised passed away this morning.

    Tension prevailed earlier in the Gaza Strip, when the Israeli army, using violence, pulled away hundreds of Jewish settlers from the Kisoufim border crossing. The settlers were protesting against Ariel Sharons decision to ban Israelis from entering the Gaza Strip. Several settlers and one police officer were injured during the incident.

    Translated by Vicky Ghionis

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    [07] This Time Over Terrorism New French-British Clash

    13 Jul 2005 20:41:00

    By Annita Paschalinou

    The French Minister of Internal Affairs triggered new frictions between France and the UK with the statements he made as part of the Summit for Justice and Internal Affairs Ministers. Nicolas Sarkozy claimed that some of the London bombers had been arrested in 2004 by the British police, but were then released, because the Police wanted to locate more members of their network. Regarding these allegations, Sarkozy said that his British counterpart Charles Clark had provided him with that piece of information while briefing him in a previous Summit on terrorism. The British Homeland Secretarys reaction was immediate and harsh, stressing that never has he said those things to Nicolas Sarkozy and that the latters allegations are fictional. The French minister also said that the explosives used in the July 7 attacks most probably came from the Balkans or Eastern Europe.

    Translated by Sofia Soulioti

    [08] Cirillo in AEK

    13 Jul 2005 18:40:00

    By Dimitris Alexopoulos

    As of Wednesday afternoon, Bruno Cirillo is in Athens. He was submitted to medical tests and then signed a three-year-term contract with AEK, which will give him 300,000 euros annually. The 28-year-old Italian defender signed a contract for three years and in his first statements he stressed, I am very happy. I came to play in a team, where everyone is treating me very nice from the very beginning. I am hoping to prove what I came here for, because AEKs people trusted me. Everything will go just fine and we will have a very good season. Dimitris Markos welcomed the player at the airport. It should be noted that the footballer had signed and faxed the draft contract a few days ago. Bruno Cirillo will most probably be integrated in the rest of the team on Thursday, while on Friday he will depart with the rest of the delegation for Italy for the main part of the preparation. The other newly transferred Italian, goalkeeper Stefano Sorentino, will be integrated in the team in Italy.

    Translated by Sofia Soulioti

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