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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 29 November 2014
24 GREECE For 595 migrants, harrowing sail ends in Greece Greek port authorities conducting a preliminary investigation arrested 21 people who were aboard the Kiribatiflagged cargo ship ‘Baris’, including seven crew members, two immigrants suspected of being traffickers and 12 immigrants who caused tension on the ship. In the meantime, authorities completed the safe transfer of all the undocumented immigrants ashore at the southern city of Ierapetra on the Aegean island of Crete. The immigrants will be hosted temporarily at the city's indoor sports hall, while authorities will wait until Friday to perform the official counting. According to the first estimations, the total number of immigrants aboard the freighter is 595. "In the past two days, I've been in direct communication with the EU's Commissioner on Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos, whom I've briefed on all the actions taken," Shipping and Aegean Minister Miltiadis Varvitsiotis told ANA-MPA, adding that the aim now is to bring the traffickers to justice. Varvitsiotis also said the vast majority of the immigrants are from Syria. Mikrolimano shootings suspect charged The 31-year-old Albanian national accused of opening fire on a Mikrolimano nightclub was on Thursday charged with multiple counts of attempted homicide and aggravated cases of carrying and using a firearm. He was given until Friday (yesterday) to prepare his testimony. Arber Bako was arrested on Wednesday as the gunman who ripped through a nightclub in Mikrolimano, Piraeus with a Kalashnikov automatic rifle on Saturday night, injuring 11 people. He was led before a Piraeus prosecutor under stringent security measures on Thursday. Police tracked him to an apartment in the Athens district of Goudi and arrested him in a coordinated police operation, acting on a tip-off that the apartment was being rented by a 23-year-old Albanian detained for a series of crimes. Police said that Bako, after the shoot-out, threw the Kalasnikov into the sea near Mikrolimano. Authorities are continuing a seach for two more Albanians wanted in connection with the shoot-out in Mikrolimano. According to up-to-date information, the reason for the M@L@K@ for the win Jennifer Aniston pulls it Greek on Lisa Kudrow in Jimmy Kimmel’s cursing game Actress Jennifer Aniston had her own return moment of the ‘90s phenomenon series when she reunited on camera with her Friends alum, Phoebe. The 45-year-old had to compete with Lisa Kudrow in firing the most horrible and racy curse words at each other. Each actress was given five seconds before the buzz. All the words were bleeped, but made it into the captions. When Aniston seemed to run out of unimaginable expletives, she went Greek and gave Kudrow the winning ‘malaka’ slap. Jimmy Kimmel was caught by surprise as he probably hadn't heard the word before, though most members of the audience seemed to be quite familiar with it. "It's Greek," Jennifer said, almost annoyed by the TV pre- The m@l@k@ moment. senter's ignorance. Lisa Kudrow pulled her own French vocabulary on her opponent, but lost anyway. You can't go wrong if you go Greek. crime was the staff's reaction when the three Albanian wanted to leave and take with them a young dancer of the club together with her cousin. For this reason the three perpetrators had made a reservation at a hotel opposite the nightclub. Police are examining the possibility that Bako may be responsible for another three armed attacks resulting in the death of a 44 year-old Greek and the injury of an Egyptian. The 23-year-old Albanian who had put up the fugitive will face charges for harbouring a criminal. Man accused of attempt to bribe MP Stavroula Xoulidou denies allegations The man who Independent Greeks (ANEL) MP Stavroula Xoulidou claimed had approached her and attempted to offer her a bribe in order to vote in favour of a new Greek president admitted knowing the MP but denied the bribery allegations while speaking to the radio station Real FM. Giorgos Soukouras confirmed that he had talked with Xoulidou via Facebook but denied accusations that he offered her three million euros in exchange for her support during the vote to elect Greece's new president. He also rejected a claim by ANEL leader Panos Kammenos that he was an active member of the ruling New Democracy party. "I had the opportunity to become acquainted with Mrs Xoulidou through Fa- cebook. All I said to her was that, whatever you do, the [180 votes needed to elect a new president] will be found because [German Chancellor Angela Merkel] wants it. I never said anything about bribery or about the three million she's talking about," he said. "If I had money from ND, would I give it to Mrs Xoulidou? I'm flat broke," he added. SATURDAY 29 NOVEMBER 2014 Stavroula Xoulidou Former MP among ring members targeting property assets of the elderly Arber Bako A former MP, with prior convictions for fraud, is allegedly the mastermind of a scheme that targeted elderly rich people, with no heirs, to usurp their property assets after their death through fake wills. Arrest warrants have been issued for 10 individuals who are allegedly involved in the ring facing felony and misdemeanor charges, while under investigation are another three suspects for their role in the case. The suspects are accused of running and being members of a criminal organisation, fraud, forgery and perjury. The case came to the attention of the private property rights division of the Greek Police a short while ago after the deaths of two elderly siblings whose substantial real estate property went to the hands of ‘suspicious’ individuals. Woman to be charged for illegally claiming widow’s pension for 24 years The Financial Police on Thursday drew up charges against a 72-year-old woman accused of illegally claiming a widow's pension from the Social Insurances Foundation (IKA) for 24 consecutive years. According to the charges against her, the woman had entered into a second marriage without informing IKA, as she was obliged to do, and continued receiving her pension as a widow, setting the state social insurance fund back by an estimated 181,000 euros. The case has been sent to a Rodopi First-Instance Court public prosecutor.
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