In Brief


Suspected listening device found in HOC chief’s office Police revealed yesterday that they are investigating the possibility that a listening device had been placed in the office of the president of the Hellenic Olympic Committee (HOC), Minoas Kyriakou. In a statement, Attica police said that they were called to Kyriakou’s office on Thursday night to examine the device. Officers removed the suspected bug and have given it to forensic experts for testing. Kyriakou is standing for re-election as head of the HOC on Tuesday. The chairman of the Athens Stock Exchange, Spyros Kapralos, is running against him. CAVO SIDERO Court to hear appeal next month The Council of State, Greece highest administrative court, is due to meet on March 5 to assess whether the construction of a large tourist resort in Cavo Sidero, Crete, should go ahead or be canceled. Protesters claim that the project – which would comprise five holiday villages, a string of luxury hotels and three golf courses – would damage the environment and be a heavy drain on water resources. British property developer Minoan Group (formerly Loyalward Limited) is planning to invest 1.2 billion euros in the project, which has been approved by the government. Arson attacks Two arson attacks on vehicles in Thessaloniki yesterday caused damage but no injuries. In the first attack unidentified assailants doused a car and a truck with flammable liquid before torching them. Five minutes later a car parked nearby was targeted with a homemade explosive device comprising gas canisters. It is unclear whether the arsonists, believed to be the same people in both cases, had a motive. Workers protest Workers involved in the construction of Thessaloniki’s first metro system yesterday staged a rally in protest at the death of a 50-year-old metro worker on site on Thursday. The worker was fatally injured when a section of an earth-moving machine at the site broke off and hit him. Protesters, who included labor unionists, submitted a petition to the Ministry of Macedonia-Thrace calling for an investigation into the exact circumstances of the incident. A local prosecutor called on the state labor inspectorate to conduct preventive checks on work sites to ensure minimum safety standards are being adhered to. Missing person An Amber Alert was issued yesterday for a teenager who went missing in Perama, west of Athens. Hara Makroglou went missing when she was walking home from kickboxing practice on Wednesday at around 9 p.m. Delphi museum The Archaeological Museum at Delphi is to remain closed to the public on Monday as staff join a general assembly meeting involving museum guards from across the country. The archaeological site itself will remain open to the public. Holy cow Train services between Athens and Thessaloniki were slightly disrupted late on Thursday when a train struck a cow in a tunnel in Domokos, central Greece. Nobody on the passenger train was injured. The train driver said he did not have enough time to stop to avoid hitting the cow.

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