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CRETAN MURDER

Two Albanians implicate a third in an alleged contract killing Two young Albanians charged in connection with the murder of a 38-year-old fellow national in Siteia, eastern Crete, on Monday morning yesterday claimed to have been put up to the crime by the victim’s brother-in-law, also an Albanian. The two young men, aged 22 and 19, allegedly admitted to the killing of the 38-year-old before an investigating magistrate. But the 25-year-old, alleged to have ordered the murder, denied any involvement in the killing and any knowledge of the two men. All three men were remanded in custody. CHILD ABUSE? Woman, 30, who allegedly beat infant son to death goes to psychiatric clinic A 30-year-old woman from the Cretan port of Hania alleged to have beaten her 13-month-old son to death was yesterday told she would be transfered to the psychiatric unit of Korydallos jail. The unnamed mother denied the charges of murder that have been brought against her during her deposition before an investigating magistrate. The mother’s lawyer claimed that the charges «violate the client’s right to be presumed innocent before trial.» The coroner who examined the dead infant has yet to issue a verdict. EXARCHIA RAID Armed gang rob multimedia store A gang of 10 hooded men raided a Multirama store in Exarchia, central Athens, yesterday and made away with 800 euros in cash and 23 laptop computers. The culprits, armed with hammers, Molotov cocktails, iron bars and screwdrivers, charged into the store and forced the staff and customers to lie on the ground. Three of the gang members kept watch at the store’s entrance while the remaining seven proceeded with the robbery. Athens knifing An Egyptian national stabbed during a brawl outside a bar in the Athens district of Aghios Panteleimonas was in the hospital yesterday. The unnamed man, who was transferred to the Elpis hospital at 5 a.m. yesterday, had been stabbed in the stomach with a knife, according to police. It was unclear how serious his injuries were. Suspect arrested A 23-year-old man was arrested in Menidi, northwestern Athens, yesterday accused of taking part in the July heist of a gun store, police said. The suspect’s fingerprints were allegedly found in a home that had been used to store the stolen weapons. In September police had arrested another suspect, a 25-year old man, in connection to the theft of hunting rifles. Women hospitalized Two women were hospitalized with breathing problems late on Wednesday after youths attacked the Panathinaikos supporters club in Nikaia, western Athens, and two adjacent stores with iron bars, rocks, and gasoline bombs, police said. The four youths, wearing motorcycle helmets, also attacked a bank and cafeteria. No arrests were made. Quick thinking Quick work yesterday from a taxi driver and his nearby colleagues resulted in the arrest of a man who had allegedly robbed him minutes earlier. According to police, two armed customers held up the driver in Peristeri, western Athens, and made away with 280 euros in cash and a mobile phone. The victim, however, immediately notified his colleagues and gave them a description of the suspects. Shortly afterward, one of the suspects was spotted by fellow drivers and taken to a police station, where he was placed under arrest. Dealer shot A used car dealer, aged 48, was found shot dead outside his home in Ptomelaida, northern Greece, yesterday, police said. The victim, Apostolos Constandinidis, had been shot 10 times. He had been connected with stolen car rackets in the past and police believe that the murder was the result of a debt settlement.