NEWS

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MURDERER AT LARGE

Cretan police seek convicted killer who failed to return after leave Police in Crete were yesterday seeking a 47-year-old inmate of Alikarnassos jail who failed to return to the institution at the end of a five-day leave. Constantinos Spinaris received two life sentences and a 25-year jail sentence for leading the gang which kidnapped and murdered 17-year-old Yiannis Tsatsanis in the Athenian district of Aegaleo in 1990. Spinaris had been due to return to jail on Tuesday but failed to show up. JUDGE FIRED Korosevi sacked after links to alleged trial-fixing ring involving priest The Supreme Court yesterday fired first instance judge Anna Korosevi for a lack of morals and not performing her duties properly. Korosevi became the eleventh judge this year to be fired after the court ruled that she had tried to influence the outcome of cases involving former priest Iakovos Yiossakis, who has been accused of being at the center of an alleged trial-fixing ring. SEXUAL EQUALITY Scheme to instruct school teachers A series of government-backed and European Union-funded programs aimed at training secondary school teachers to exercise and respect the principles of sexual equality will be implemented in dozens of schools during the current academic year, Education Minister Marietta Giannakou said yesterday. The programs, which the ministry has drafted in association with the Research Center for Gender Equality (KETHI), will instruct teachers on sexual equality in the workplace and in society in general. Yacht fire A 38-year-old Polish laborer was burned to death on Wednesday night after trying to rescue his passport from a flaming yacht moored at the marina in Rethymnon, Crete, police said yesterday. The unnamed Pole and a fellow countryman – both homeless – had sought refuge on the yacht, which has been moored at the marina for the past two years, according to police. The blaze was probably caused by a candle lit on the yacht, according to firemen. Major offense A military judge has been arrested for a second time after being found in possession of drugs in central Athens, police said yesterday. The unnamed judge, who holds the rank of major, was caught on Wednesday with 7.2 grams of cannabis and 1.3 grams of heroin. Officers said he admitted to using drugs for the last nine years and was arrested recently in the western town of Arta on similar charges. However, he is still serving as a judge because his disciplinary process has not been completed. Deadly plunge A 24-year-old woman drowned yesterday after the car she was traveling in ran off the end of a pier in Tzitzifies, southern Athens. Authorities said the 25-year-old male driver of the vehicle managed to swim to safety. But the female passenger, who was not identified, remained trapped in the car and drowned. Weapons operation Police yesterday uncovered a large weapons stash in Korydallos, western Athens, after searching the home of a 40-year-old man. Officers discovered six automatic weapons, one hand gun, two revolvers, handcuffs and bullets along with other weapons. A second 40-year-old male was arrested in connection to the cache of weapons. Repeat offender A 51-year-old man who has served several jail sentences for drug-dealing in the past has been arrested for the same offense after being found to be in possession of 3 kilos of heroin, police said yesterday. The unnamed man was caught with a 45-year-old woman in Aghia Paraskevi in northern Athens on Wednesday. The pair also had a gun and 863 grams of cannabis on them, officers said. Ex-minister attacked A couple were arrested yesterday after allegedly attacking Vassilis Kedikoglou, who held ministerial posts under the Socialist PASOK government. Kedikoglou told police that while parking his car in the central Athenian district of Exarchia, he was approached by a man and a woman and was hit across the face. The pair had been drinking, police said.