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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 6 December 2014
SATURDAY 6 DECEMBER 2014 Page 28 SPORT GREECE The chief investigator pursuing Alois Brunner, one of the world's most wanted German Nazi war criminals, has told the BBC that he is "99 per cent sure" that he died four years ago in Syria. Alois Brunner, the man who sent the Jews of Salonica to Auschwitz, was also known as ‘the butcher of Salonica’. "We cannot prove it forensically, but we are certain that is the case," Nazi-hunter Efraim Zuroff said. SS captain Brunner, who would now be 102, is accused of deporting more than 128,000 Jews to death camps in WWII. For many years there has been uncertainty as to whether he is dead. The Austrian-born SS chief was once described by Adolf Eichmann - the architect of the 'Final Solution' - as one of his best men. Eichmann dispatched Brunner wherever he felt roundups of Jews were proceeding too slowly. Alois Brunner (L) was a top aide to Adolf Eichmann (R). Jailed hunger striker Romanos’ parents reply to justice minister "Time is pressing relentlessly. There is only one answer. Otherwise, Greece in a few days will be mourning the first dead political prisoner as a result of hunger strike," the parents of jailed hunger striker Nikos Romanos have said in a letter sent to the media in response to Justice Minister Charalambos Athanassiou's statements on Wednesday. Romanos' parents said that Athanassiou "lies, claiming that Nikos is being fed with liquids" and demanded a medical report to be issued within the day. Regarding the furlough, they said that furloughs give the opportunity to detainees to get out of the prison and reconnect with society. "Furloughs keep learning alive, they do not sterilise it, they connect it with the social environment in order to turn it into education," they said. "It is unacceptable to propose virtual rights when our son's hunger strike is real," his parents stressed. Twenty-one-year-old Romanos has been on hunger strike since November 10 after he was refused a furlough to attend classes at the techno- logical institute he was accepted into. Meanwhile, 30 people who have been occupying the building housing the offices of the private sector umbrella union GSEE in central Athens since Thursday said they are doing it as a sign of solidarity to "the anarchist hunger striker Nikos Romanos". The jailed 21-year-old Romanos, who has been convicted of armed robbery, has entered his third week of hunger strike to protest against a decision not to allow him to attend classes at the university. ETHNOS: The thriller (with the troika) goes to ... extra time ESTIA: Theatre of the absurd with the troika AVGHI: The e-mails of wrath - the society's messages to government and troika. DIMOKRATIA: Deep in the darkness. EFIMERIDA TON SYNTAKTON: The cruel face of authority. IMERISSIA: The 21-year-old Nikos Romanos after his arrest last year. Extension to the thriller. KATHIMERINI: Troika follows a hard line. LOGOS: Troika, government at an impasse. NAFTEMPORIKI: Delays lead to extension of the memorandum. RIZOSPASTIS: Everyone in the streets! Measures must not pass! TA NEA: The Memorandum returns. Ford to pull out of V8 Supercars Nazi ‘butcher of Salonica’ died in Syria Page 32 SPORT Oakleigh, South Melbourne to open season Turkish PM in Athens for third Greece-Turkey High-Level Cooperation Council Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu was expected to arrive in Athens this morning (Australian time) in order to attend the third Greece-Turkey High-Level Cooperation Council. Upon his arrival, the Turkish premier is due to meet Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras at the government headquarters in Maximos Mansion at 4.50 pm. The meeting will also be attended by the foreign ministers of Greece and Turkey, Evangelos Venizelos and Mevlut Cavusoglu respectively. All four will address the Greece-Turkey Business Forum and an official dinner for the Greek and Turkish delegations will follow. Today (Saturday), Samaras and Davutoglu will chair the High-Level Cooperation Council that will be held at the Hilton Hotel in the city centre and will be followed by joint statements. GREEK HEADLINES 23 Doctors Without Borders hits Greece on refugees Thousands of men, women and children fleeing warravaged countries face dreadful holding conditions and a dysfunctional reception system after risking their lives in smuggling boats to reach Greece's Aegean Sea islands, an international medical aid organisation warned on Wednesday. A report by Doctors Without Borders, or MSF, said many refugees, exhausted and often soaked from the sea-crossing, spend days sleeping outdoors or squashed in tiny police cells before being moved to the mainland. "We have seen intolerable overcrowding, with 53 people crammed into a cell meant for six," MSF field coordinator Kostas Georgakas said. "What little they are offered after such a gruelling journey is shameful, and dangerous for their health." The government did not respond to the report, and officials could not be reached for comment. Along with Italy, financially-struggling Greece is a major destination for refugees and migrants from the Middle East and Africa seeking a better life in Europe. Last week, 591 people - mostly Syrians - reached Crete on a crippled freighter. Syrians make up more than 90 per cent of the 14,000 migrants who reached the southeastern Dodecanese islands - a prime tourist destination - this year. They qualify for, and those who apply are quickly granted, refugee status in Greece, but most prefer to head for other European countries, according to the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR. UNHCR spokeswoman in Athens, Ketty Kehagioglou, said that in the first 10 months of 2014, 523 Syrians applied for asylum in Greece, out of the 29,000 apprehended for irregular entry or stay. A mobile MSF team provides healthcare, sleeping bags and toiletries in the Dodecanese, where arriving migrants, including families, unaccompanied children and elderly people, have increased six-fold over 2013 as the situation in Syria has worsened. MSF mission chief to Greece Apostolos Veizis told the AP that there is no state medical screening for migrants reaching the Dodecanese, where authorities plan to build a reception centre next year. Doctors Without Borders caring for refugees in Greece.
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