In Brief


Man’s body found off country road; police seeking wife, another man Police in Xanthi were yesterday seeking a 50-year-old man and a 48-year-old woman from different villages in the northern prefecture after the woman’s 66-year-old husband was shot dead at point-blank range on Monday night in a remote area off the country road between Xanthi and Stavroupolis. Police believe that the missing pair, Ali Oglu and Maria-Raphael Frangoulia, are responsible for the fatal shooting of the unnamed man. The pair fled in a Volkwagen pickup truck after the shooting, according to police, who did not suggest a possible motive for the attack. UNION ATTACKED Petrol bombs thrown at GSEE building A group of some 10 suspected anarchists yesterday threw Molotov cocktails and stones at the offices of the General Confederation of Greek Labor (GSEE) at about 11 a.m., police said. GSEE President Tassos Panagopoulos was leaving the headquarters of the country’s largest umbrella union at the time but was not injured in the attack. There were no reports of injuries or arrests. Divorce request Dimitris Vrakatselis, the man accused of murdering Social Security Foundation (IKA) Chairman Yiannis Vartholomaios, filed for divorce yesterday. Vrakatselis claims his wife, Thomais, was having an affair with Vartholomaios and that her behavior has made it impossible for the pair to remain married. National Theater The director and founder of the Amore Theater, Yiannis Houvardas, was yesterday named the new artistic director of the National Theater. Culture Minister Giorgos Voulgarakis said that Houvardas will take up his duties in June. Passport help Greece is sending 20 policemen to embassies and consulates to help staff issue new passports to Greeks living abroad, the Public Order Ministry said yesterday. Over the next three months, the officers will help embassy and consulate staff at consulates in Brussels, London, New York, Cologne, Hanover, Munich, Dusseldorf, Stuttgart and Frankfurt and the embassy in Stockholm. Autism center The Health Ministry said yesterday that it is building a new center to care for autism sufferers in Acharnes, northern Athens. The 3,100-square-meter building will be able to host 35 people and will be ready by April 2008. Daughter raped A 42-year-old man has been arrested in Pella, northern Greece, on suspicion of raping his 14-year-old daughter, police said yesterday. The unnamed man was reported to authorities by his wife. He is accused of raping the girl last Thursday in a cave. Evros aid The European Commission said yesterday it will propose that Greece receives some -9.3 million in aid to help pay for the damage caused by flooding in the northeastern region of Evros last year. The money will come from the EU’s Solidarity Fund. The aid has to be approved by all EU governments and the European Parliament over the next few months.