NEWS

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BAIL REFUSED

Guards involved in teenager shooting remain in custody The two police special guards who were involved in the incident that led to the fatal shooting of 15-year-old Alexis Grigoropoulos last December were refused bail by a council of appeals court judges. Epaminondas Korkoneas, who shot the teenager, and Vassilis Saraliotis, who was on duty with him, had asked to be released from custody and to be placed under house arrest. Korkoneas has been accused of murder and illegally using his weapon, while Saraliotis has been accused of being an accomplice to murder. BOTULISM CASE Baby in critical condition A 3-month-old baby was in a critical but stable condition in a hospital in Rio, near Patras, as it undergoes treatment for the first case of infant botulism ever recorded in Greece. A special drug that was flown in from the USA was administered to the baby on Sunday. Doctors said that the child is still having breathing problems and that the next week will prove crucial for its survival. Risky formula The National Organization for Medicines (EOF) said yesterday that a French brand of baby formula, Babynat Organic Infant Formula, made by Vitagermine, should not consumed after it tested positive for Enterobacter sakazakii. The E sakazaki bacteria can cause meningitis and enteritis. EOF said that it is considering withdrawing all Babynat products, as it says they are being sold in Greece without its approval, often via the Internet. Model extradited A 32-year-old male model believed to have been the final intended recipient of 4 kilos of cocaine smuggled into the country last week arrived in Athens late on Monday after Bulgarian authorities responded to an extradition request by their Greek counterparts. The well-known model had been stopped at Sofia International Airport with someone else’s passport. It is thought that he had intended to flee to Dubai. Oikomet targeted Police yesterday were seeking a group of around 15 youths who broke into the offices of the Oikomet cleaning company in Piraeus and smashed up office equipment and windows but did not cause any injuries. According to office staff who had been working at the time, the vandalism spree only lasted a few minutes. The youths fled on motorcycles they had parked near the office. Pickpocket verdict A coroner said yesterday that a pickpocket who was wrestled to the ground by citizens in Thessaloniki on Monday died of natural causes and not due to any injury that he suffered during the incident. Coroner Eleni Zagelidou said the 38-year-old suffered a stroke. Worker death A 25-year-old Syrian laborer was killed yesterday after a section of wooden scaffolding broke under his feet at a construction site on the Trikala-Grevena national road. The worker, identified as Horo Hisan, reportedly fell 4 meters to the ground after a plank of wood broke under his feet. Police yesterday were seeking his supervisor.