NEWS

In Brief

FATAL TRANSFER

Probe into death of female drug convict, 40, on ferry Authorities yesterday were investigating the circumstances of the death of a 40-year-old female drug convict alleged to have been kept tied up for the duration of a ferry trip from Thebes to Crete. Officers discovered the lifeless body of Katerina Goulioni at the end of the journey during which the 40-year-old is alleged to have been left in a seat with her arms tied behind her back. The Interior Ministry issued a statement attributing the death to a heart attack but a coroner, who ruled out foul play, said the results of toxicological tests would confirm the cause. FYROM LETTER Skopje sends ideas to Athens A letter sent to Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis by her counterpart in Skopje Antonio Milososki includes «well-established» proposals, the Greek ministry spokesman Giorgos Koumoutsakos said yesterday. The letter proposes the creation of «a pact of friendship and cooperation, a bilateral committee of experts for education… and a framework for the development of bilateral relations.» Koumoutsakos noted that Athens «has always believed in, and practiced, good-neighborly relations» and said bilateral efforts «should focus on the unsolved matter of the name dispute.» Dead couple A 41-year-old Greek man and his 36-year-old Romanian girlfriend, who were both found dead yesterday in the man’s apartment in Ilion, northwestern Athens, are believed to have been killed in a settling of accounts, possibly linked to a drug deal, police said. Both the man and woman bore gunshot wounds. Officers said there were no signs of the apartment being broken in to but the intruders appeared to have searched the apartment thoroughly, suggesting that they were looking for something specific. Officer remanded The police officer who shot and wounded a cafe owner in the busy Athens tourist district of Plaka last Friday was remanded in custody yesterday after testifying before an investigating magistrate. The 48-year-old officer, who has been suspended as head of the Kypseli police station, reportedly denied charges of attempted murder, claiming that he had fired his gun in the air as a warning and that the bullet had ricocheted. The officer had just returned to duty after extended leave for psychological reasons when he fired his gun in the cafe. Hospital embezzlement An employee of the university hospital in Iraklion, Crete, was suspended yesterday on suspicion of stealing money that was paid by foreigners for various procedures. The employee is suspected of embezzling 11,000 euros. The alleged theft was only discovered when a foreigner who had paid for some medical tests returned a few days later to ask for a receipt so he could claim some money back from his insurance fund. Store fire A balloon store in Keratsini, near Piraeus, caught fire early yesterday after robbers raided an ATM on its premises. The criminals used a welding torch to break into the cash machine but may have set fire to the shop on purpose to cover their tracks, according to police. The store suffered substantial damage. It was not clear how much cash the robbers made off with.