Crete poisoning suspect released

A woman accused of poisoning her husband and five of their children in Crete was granted a conditional release yesterday by a prosecutor after it emerged that another two family members had been rushed to hospital while she was in police custody. Maria Dimitroulaki, 50, pleaded innocent of the charge that last Tuesday she deliberately added insecticide to a pot of chicken and rice that she had cooked for her family in their home near Iraklion. Dimitroulaki did not eat any of the meal but the six others who did ended up in intensive care at a local hospital, from which three were discharged. On Friday, the others were joined by the woman’s 80-year-old mother and 20-year-old son, who were taken ill after eating fish soup. Police are investigating whether traces of the same poison could be found in the dish.