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Minister warns hoteliers, travel agents to avoid profiteering during Olympics Deputy Development Minister Dimitrios Georgakopoulos yesterday warned hotel owners and travel agents against profiteering during next year’s Olympic Games. In a meeting with representatives of the tourism industry, the minister appealed for prices to be controlled during the Games for the long-term good of the sector, noting that strict state inspections would be conducted. «Activities aiming at short-term gain undermine the massive efforts currently being made and create a problem for the whole (of the sector),» he said. CYPRIOT CHURCH SCANDAL Archbishop’s nephew and chief accountant among three detainees A Nicosia court yesterday ordered the eight-day detention of three men arrested on Monday in connection with alleged gross mismanagement of Church of Cyprus assets. Cypriot Archbishop Chrysostomos’s nephew and driver Iosif Aristodimos, 60, the archbishop’s chief accountant and relative Chrysostomos Philippos, 43, and accounting clerk Ilias Dimitriou, 54, face charges including fraud and forgery. Police are probing four cases of alleged purchases of country villas in Nicosia and Paphos. KOKKALIS RULING Supreme Court on Kathimerini appeal Kathimerini will not be obliged to publish a summary of a Piraeus appeals court decision forcing it to publish a ruling that obliged the newspaper to pay 315,000 euros to Socrates Kokkalis in connection with reports it published on the telecommunications and software tycoon, under a Supreme Court decision yesterday. However, the Supreme Court did not overturn the lower court’s ruling that Kathimerini should compensate Kokkalis. The newspaper has appealed against this aspect of the decision. Kokkalis had originally sued for 6.6 million euros. Illegal antiquities Two farmers who illegally kept and traded in antiquities, which they stored in caches near their sheepfolds, have been arrested, police in Komotini said yesterday. The two men, who were not named, were arrested after officers discovered in their possession a section of a bronze medallion, a lead spindle whorl, a bronze clasp and 59 coins dating to Classical, Roman and Byzantine times. Afghan athletes The Athens 2004 Organizing Committee said yesterday that it would supply the uniforms and some of the athletic equipment for Afghanistan’s Olympics and Paralympics teams. Although it is unclear how many Afghan athletes will compete in the Games next August and September, Athens 2004 said it would provide 10 uniforms for the Olympic team and 10 for the Paralympics team, as well as shorts, shirts, shoes, jackets and bags to both teams. Armed robberies A lone armed robber made off with 20,000 euros from a bank in the Athenian district of Kaisariani yesterday morning. Later yesterday, two gunmen stole 8,000 euros from a post office in Kallithea. Meanwhile, in Thessaloniki’s Stavroupolis district, a lone assailant netted 16,000 euros in an armed raid on a post office. Reservoir drowning The body of a 67-year-old woman was yesterday retrieved from an open reservoir in the village of Agia, near Parga on the northwestern coast. Police believe Constantina Kassia drowned after accidentally falling into the reservoir, which is situated near the family’s olive plantation where she worked. Quarry protests Residents of Thessaloniki’s Kallithea Municipality yesterday used tractors to block the Thessaloniki-Kilkis national road in protest at local authority plans to allow two new quarries on the borders of the municipality. The protesters, who caused considerable traffic problems, complain that they are already bothered by the excessive dust and noise created by a quarry currently in operation. Icaria floods More than 50 homes and offices on Icaria’s northeastern coast were damaged by debris and stones loosened by Monday’s heavy rainfall, reports said yesterday. The town of Aghios Kyrikos was worst hit.