In Brief


Elderly couple found dead after husband shoots wife and self Police in Crete were yesterday investigating why 81-year-old Charalambos Markatatos shot his 74-year-old wife Anastasia in the head with a shotgun before turning the weapon on himself. The shootings took place at just before 1 p.m. in the area of Kaminia, near Irakleion. Neighbors said the couple had never shown signs of having any problems. MOTHER ARRESTED Woman caught over cabbie shooting A 32-year-old mother of three has been arrested in connection with the murder of taxi driver Nikolas Kirianthopoulos, who was shot in the head near the town of Kalavryta in the Peloponnese early on Monday, Patras police said yesterday. According to officers, the unnamed woman told police she fired at the 41-year-old cabbie with a shotgun after he engaged in «indecent behavior.» No more details were given. The suspect said she only intended to wound him. Boy drowns A 10-year-old boy drowned yesterday as he went for a swim in an irrigation channel in Pellas, northern Greece, authorities said. Police found the boy’s body in the channel, which had a water depth of three meters. An investigation has been launched into the death. Chinese-Cypriot ties The Chinese Foreign Minister said during a visit to Cyprus yesterday that Beijing fully supported the Greek-Cypriot position on reunification. Li Zhaoxing also said China and Cyprus were in complete agreement on broader issues of national sovereignty and territorial integrity. «We support firmly and on a long-term basis the efforts of Cyprus for the defense of its national sovereignty and territorial integrity,» Li said after talks with his Cypriot counterpart, George Iacovou. Beachside drugs Police arrested five people yesterday for selling heroin, cocaine and ecstasy to patrons attending clubs in the beachside areas of Athens. The five people, aged between 23 and 24 years old, were found to have in their possession 150 grams of heroin, 180 grams of cocaine and 65 ecstasy pills, along with 3,750 euros in cash. Police are conducting an investigation into locating more members of the drug ring. Derby damage Fans of Olympiakos and Panathinaikos soccer clubs clashed in Brahami, southeast Athens, late Monday night ahead of the derby match between the two clubs this Sunday, authorities said yesterday. Panathinaikos fans apparently attacked the local Olympiakos fan club and five parked cars, causing extensive damage. In reaction to the raid, police said 20 Olympiakos fans then attacked the Panathinakos fan club and two adjoining stores. Egyptian migrants Egyptian authorities have arrested 50 migrants and several people smugglers in the Mediterranean Sea as they were attempting to illegally reach Greece, the Athens News Agency said yesterday. The migrants had each paid over 4,000 euros to be smuggled into Greece in three boats. Naughty devils The General Secretariat for Consumers referred two companies yesterday to an Athens prosecutor for dragging their feet over taking down billboards and advertising material promoting Black Devil cigarettes, which violate advertising standards. Tobacco Kiosk Hellas and Media Master have been accused of not complying quickly enough with the ruling, issued by the state advertising watchdog last week after it decided the advertisements created the impression that drugs are being legally traded in Greece.