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Vatopedi probe

Parliament committee to hear testimonies today A parliamentary committee set up to probe whether any members of the government were involved in a controversial land swap between the state and a Mount Athos monastery, believed to have cost taxpayers 100 million euros, is today to start hearing the testimonies of 26 witnesses. The chief monk of the Vatopedi monastery, Ephraim, told Eleftherotypia in an interview published yesterday that he was not a businessman and had not carried out business transactions. Transport disruption Metro, ISAP, tram stoppage There will be no service on the metro, the Athens-Piraeus urban electric railway (ISAP) and the tram between noon and 4 p.m. today as workers demand better salaries and benefits. Bomb hoax A telephone call warning of two bombs on central Michalakopoulou Street on Sunday turned out to be a hoax. Police rushed to the scene after an anonymous caller told staff at Eleftherotypia that two bombs would go off at the old site of the Holiday Inn hotel and outside an insurance firm. No devices were found. Migrants detained Port Authority officials on Rhodes, Samos and Lesvos detained a total of 119 illegal immigrants on Saturday alone, the Merchant Marine Ministry said. The migrants included several children. Tanked up Police on Saturday arrested a 61-year-old Slovakian man after finding 20 kilos of heroin hidden in the engine of his car. The suspect had been stopped for a routine check at Kipi on the Turkish border. Armed robbery Two gunmen burst into a gas station in Aspropyrgos, western Attica, early on Saturday and emptied the cash register, shooting the employee on duty at the time before fleeing. The foreign employee, who was shot in the leg, was in the hospital yesterday but in stable condition. The two robbers fled in a stolen car, police said. Enterprising addict A 28-year-old heroin addict from Grevena, northern Greece, believed to have been robbing his local bakery and church to feed his habit, was arrested a few hours after robbing 1,000 euros from the bakery, police in the northern city said. The suspect netted some 3,000 euros in total.