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Myconos beating

Club owners and coast guard officer due for questioning The owners of two nightclubs on Myconos whose employees have been implicated in the murder of 20-year-old Australian tourist Doujon Zammit are due to be questioned next week, sources said yesterday. A 30-year-old coast guard who allegedly was present at the beating but failed to inform authorities is also due to appear before a magistrate next week. Four nightclub employees have been charged in connection with Zammit’s death. They are due to give supplementary depositions on Tuesday. CONTRABAND SMOKES Tanker stopped after tip-off Coast guard officials were yesterday questioning the six Ukrainian crew members of a Panama-flagged tanker, intercepted south of the Peloponnese early yesterday, after a search of the vessel revealed around 500,000 packets of contraband cigarettes. Acting on a tip-off from the Greek intelligence service, coast guard officers boarded the Svetlana as the alleged smugglers were loading the cargo onto a speedboat to transport to the mainland. Officers also arrested two truck drivers who had been waiting to collect the haul for delivery. Quarrying persists Skai TV yesterday broadcast new footage of work going on at two illegal quarries at Markopoulo, east of Athens, less than 24 hours after Supreme Court prosecutor Giorgos Sanidas ordered a preliminary investigation to establish whether quarrying is still taking place, despite court rulings prohibiting it. TV pictures showed several trucks carrying material from the quarries. Pocket money Half of parents give their children pocket money because they feel guilty that they cannot spend enough time together, according to a survey of 400 families with children aged between six and 14, which was carried out by doctors at hospitals in Nikaia, near Piraeus, and the town of Lygouri in Argolida. The poll also suggested that two-thirds of children ask their parents to buy them things so they can get one up on their friends. Georgian aid Greece yesterday sent a C-130 military plane carrying humanitarian aid to the Georgian capital of Tbilisi. The aid was destined for refugees from the conflict with Russia in South Ossetia. Dodgy water Authorities in charge of water supply and sewage in Nafplion and Argos in the Peloponnese yesterday warned residents to avoid drinking local tapwater due to increased levels of chloride ions. According to authorities the water quality has fallen because local drilling has caused seawater to infiltrate groundwater. Lefkimi protests Residents of Lefkimi, in southern Corfu, yesterday met to plan their next move following a string of violent protests against the creation of a landfill in their area. The scheduled trial of a local priest, charged with inciting residents to vandalize a local police station during protests last Saturday, was postponed again.