In Brief


Small group of unknown assailants throw rocks, paint at Health Ministry A group of anarchists attacked the Health Ministry in central Athens yesterday with rocks and paint, causing minor damage to the building. Windows were smashed while buckets of paint were thrown onto walls, splashing three nearby parked cars. Shortly after the attack, a man called an Athens radio station and said that the incident was in support of the three men authorities have remanded in custody in connection to riots with police. No arrests were made. MONKS ARRESTED Embezzlement charges pressed Two monks from the Esphigmenou Monastery, on northern Greece’s Mount Athos, were charged with embezzlement after allegedly selling monastery property, police said yesterday. The monks have been accused of selling 15,000 euros’ worth of property, including a block of land. The Esphigmenou monks have been involved in a long-running dispute with the Orthodox Church as they strongly oppose efforts to mend a schism between the Orthodox Church and the Vatican. Brother murdered A 44-year-old man allegedly stabbed his brother to death in Messini, southern Greece, yesterday after quarreling over whether they should give a beverage to their brother who suffers from cancer. The suspect stabbed his brother, aged 40, three times in the chest and stomach with a kitchen knife during the argument and then took him to the hospital where doctors confirmed his death. Traffickers held Two Pakistani nationals were arrested in Thessaloniki on Saturday accused of running a human-trafficking operation transporting illegal immigrants from Asian countries to Italy. The two suspects, aged 37 and 45, were allegedly planning to transport 13 illegal immigrants to Italy via Greece. Police said that investigations are continuing in a bid to locate other members of the human-trafficking gang. Driver killed A 43-year-old driver was killed in a car accident on the outskirts of Thessaloniki when his vehicle swerved off the national highway and crashed into a cement structure supporting part of the region’s power supply network, police reported Saturday. The victim’s name was not provided. Fur fire A fire broke out in a semi-basement-level fur-processing plant in Thessaloniki’s Toumba district midday on Saturday but a 16-man firefighting squad managed to quickly extinguish the blaze before it spread. No injuries were reported but firefighters said the fire scorched machinery, furniture and raw materials.

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