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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 1 August 2015
NEWS 2 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 1 AUGUST 2015 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Aussie seeks compensation for Athens shoot-out Bystander caught in police gunfight appeals for ex gratia payment of $25,000 from Greek government ANASTASIA TSIRTSAKIS A Victorian man who was shot during the capture of a terrorist in Athens is demanding the Greek government pay compensation for injuries caused by police gunfire. As reported by Neos Kosmos previously, 19-year-old Grant Uranie suffered a wound to his left ankle during a shootout in July last year. The incident took place when police opened fire at suspected terrorist Nikos Maziotis near Mr Uranie at a cafe near the Acropolis. In a letter sent this week to Greece's Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Kotzias, Uranie's legal representatives, Defteros Lawyers, requested the government pay $25,000 compensation for earnings lost by Uranie and the trauma he experienced. Lawyer George Defteros, who is acting on Mr Uranie's behalf, told Neos Kosmos: "We hope the minister will come back to us and offer us compensation to be paid to the client for what the client has endured. "We've given the minister an opportunity to do that and we hope that he takes our letter seriously. We would like to try and resolve the issue without having to go the added expense and trauma of issuing proceedings. But if we have to issue proceedings, we will." Mr Uranie spent two days at the Hellenic Red Cross Hospital in Athens, and was discharged on 18 July 2014. Despite indicating that he was in a high degree of pain, following numerous examinations he said he was repeatedly told by Greek doctors that Paramedics take Grant Uranie to an ambulance after the shoot-out in Monastiraki last July. the wound was superficial. "After being discharged from the hospital, the Greek government did not appear to want anything further to do with Grant. The only assistance [he] received from the Greek government in getting home was that on the day of his flight a nurse gave him an anti-clotting injection for the flight and some anti-clotting socks." Assistance was given to Uranie by consular staff at the Australian Embassy in Athens, who arranged his flight home. "As it turned out, when he came back to Australia, the treatment was obviously inadequate because he had River death plot thickens As the investigation into murder victim Michael 'Blue Eyes' Gavanas' death continues, so too does the plot thicken, with the discovery of his links to the Mokbel family. Discovered by fishermen amongst mangroves on the Parramatta River, the 50-year-old was known to gangland figure Tony Mokbel and his brother Horty according to recent reports. The victim's brother Stephen is also associated with the notorious crime family. Stephen Gavanas is currently serving a jail sentence after being found guilty of trafficking ice with a known associate of the Mokbel family, Mohammed Khodr. Stephen, along with Khodr was sentenced in the Victorian Supreme Court in 2010 over allegations of storing drug-related chemicals and equipment in Melbourne's north. Mr Gavanas' funeral took place on Tuesday in Minchinbury, where his sister delivered an emotional eulogy written by his brother Stephen from his jail cell. "To my big brother Micky, through circumstances I cannot be here today to say my last farewell. "We lived at home in the same bedroom for the first 20 years-plus of our lives. When I was a kid I can remember I was scared of the dark but you made me feel safe by pushing your bed closer to me and that showed me how much you loved and cared for me," she read. "We had ups and downs over the years but you are my big brother and my best mate … I will love you forever." Police are continuing to investigate the background of the victim, who has been found to have held a criminal record in NSW, with officers "examining all aspects Police have discovered links between the Mokbel family and Michael ‘Blue Eyes’ Gavanas. PHOTO: AAP/NSW POLICE. of Mr (Michael) Gavanas' life". Authorities are still awaiting the results of a post-mortem examination, however, indi- cations suggest Mr Gavanas had been dead for some time before being found. Source: Sydney Morning Herald to undergo further medical treatment," said Mr Defteros. Upon his return to Australia, Uranie underwent surgery leaving him unable to walk for weeks; a situation his lawyers say resulted in his resignation from one of his part-time jobs, along with ending his career as a professional Australian rules foot- PHOTO: EPA/ORESTIS PANAGIOTOU. ball player. Mr Uranie was under contract with Casey Football Club. Mr Uranie's lawyers have yet to hear back from the minister, who has been given until August 17 to respond, after which they said they "would look to [Mr Uranie's] other options for recovery, including court proceedings". Harrolds owner found guilty of underestimating duty As reported by The Age, Mr John Poulakis, a luxury menswear retailer in Melbourne, pleaded guilty this week to understating by $1.4 million the value of imported European clothing in order to reduce the amount of customs duty payable on imported clothes. Mr Poulakis' Harrolds stores include an outlet in Collins Street and one at the Crown complex, as well as stores in Sydney. The Melbourne Magistrates Court heard Mr Poulakis chose to "systematically understate" the value of imported goods from Italy and France. On Monday a contested committal hearing was brought to an early close when 100 charges were withdrawn by prosecutor Andrew Buckland, who substituted them with two offences. The offences, which carry maximum sentences of five years jail, were alleged to have been committed between March 2002 and February 2006. In a summary presented by the prosecution, Mr Poulakis' role in the business was described as managing the stores' day-to-day operations from the company's head office in Flinders Lane. The summary also claimed that Mr Poulakis established a business in Greece as a "buying agent and supplier of goods" to another company. Police executed search warrants in October 2006 at Mr Poulakis' home and office. Magistrate Brian Clifford bailed Mr Poulakis on condition he live at an address in Coburg and notify authorities within 24 hours of any planned overseas trip. He will appear in the County Court in November. Neos Kosmos attempted to speak to Mr Poulakis for comment but was unable to contact him.
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