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Supreme Court prosecutor wants Mandouvalos’s immunity lifted Supreme Court prosecutor Dimitris Linos yesterday asked for the immunity of independent MP Petros Mandouvalos to be lifted so he could face bribery and money laundering charges. Mandouvalos, a lawyer, resigned from New Democracy last month following television allegations about an associate making a payment to judge Evangelos Kalousis, who faces charges of sexual exploitation, bribery and money laundering. Mandouvalos said he has nothing to hide. BODY SEARCH Police shift focus of probe after ‘killer husband’ changes his story Police in Serres searching for the corpse of a 44-year-old nurse believed to have been killed last week by her 48-year-old husband yesterday shifted the focus of their investigation after the alleged killer changed his story. The 48-year-old secondary school teacher allegedly told police that he had dumped his wife’s body off a bridge over the Strymonas River, not near Lygaria as he had originally claimed, officers said. The woman sustained fatal injuries after being beaten by her husband on Saturday, police said. MILD EARTHQUAKE Lemnos rocked by morning tremor An earthquake measuring 4.6 on the Richter scale shook the northeastern Aegean island of Lemnos early yesterday but no injuries or damage were reported. The epicenter of the tremor, which struck at 7.50 a.m., was in an undersea area between the islands of Lemnos and Samothrace. Migrants Coast guards picked up 51 illegal immigrants and two traffickers in a 10-meter rubber dinghy off a rocky outcrop near the Aegean island of Alonnissos late on Monday night, the Merchant Marine Ministry said yesterday. The migrants were taken to a reception center in Volos and the traffickers were taken into custody by coast guards on the island of Skopelos, the ministry said. Christmas tips Residents should ignore any requests from Athens municipal road cleaning staff members requesting a tip for the upcoming Christmas period, its workers group said yesterday. The group said that it condemned such behavior from any municipal workers and called on residents to report any such incidents. Snow plans With cooler weather on the way, the government said yesterday it had studied and was satisfied with plans for how well authorities are organized and equipped to handle snowfall across the country. In a meeting chaired by Interior Minister Prokopis Pavlopoulos, officials went over the government’s action plans, such as how the national road network can be cleared under such weather conditions. Turkish violations Turkish military aircraft violated Greek air space in the northern and southern Aegean 34 times yesterday, defense sources said. The 35 jets, six of which were armed, were all chased off by Greek planes, the sources said. Rice bugs Piraeus Prefecture banned 96 tons of rice from being imported into the country from Thailand, it said yesterday, due to the rice being full of dead insects. Prefecture inspection teams have recently heightened their efforts to detect unsuitable food items and block their entrance into Greece. Landfill deadline Local authorities in Thessaloniki said yesterday they will have to pay almost 500,000 euros for the expropriation of 20 hectares of land in the northwest of the city which is to be made into a landfill. Authorities said the compensation set by the court was almost five times what had been expected. The money needs to be paid by tomorrow if the project is to go ahead on time. Yacht fire Four fire trucks were needed to extinguish a blaze on a British-flagged yacht in the Vouliagmeni marina yesterday, the Merchant Marine Ministry said. There were no injuries reported and the fire did not spread to any other vessels as the yacht’s captain was aboard when the fire started and had sailed the 18-meter-long Myra T a short distance away.