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Fugitive traced

Police catch escapee who impersonated Palestinian A 24-year-old Afghan detainee who managed to escape from Omonia police station on Friday by impersonating another prisoner of Palestinian origin was caught yesterday by the officers who had been on duty at the time of his breakout. The Afghan, who was found yesterday morning in the area of Omonia, had embarrassed police by pretending to be a Palestinian detainee and attending the latter’s trial where he was released pending appeal. His supervising officers, who had faced charges of neglect for failing to make the necessary checks to avert the blunder, were in the clear yesterday. Sculptor death Artist, 70, choked by cravat The respected sculptor Dimitris Armakolas, 70, was found dead in his studio in the central Athens district of Exarchia late on Friday after his cravat got caught in a piece of machinery and strangled him, police said. According to a coroner, Armakolas died of asphyxiation. Armakolas used to wear a cravat to avoid injury from shards of wood or marble released from his lathe, sources said. Family tragedies An 81-year-old man shot his 78-year-old ex-wife in the head before killing himself at his home in the Athens district of Neos Cosmos last night, police said. The man had been suffering from an advanced form of cancer, officers said. Meanwhile on Rhodes a 31-year-old local man was in detention after fatally stabbing his sister’s 66-year-old father-in-law late on Friday following a family dispute. According to officers, the 31-year-old threatened his sister, as well as his wife and his mother, with a knife. The 66-year-old tried to intervene and was stabbed in the throat. Boy burned A National First Aid Center (EKAB) helicopter left the island of Samos for Athens with a 3-year-old boy who had sustained serious burns in a fire that broke out at his family’s home on Saturday night. The child’s parents, who were also badly burned in the blaze, were being treated in a Samos hospital yesterday. The cause of the fire was unclear. Corinth quake A mild earthquake measuring 4.1 on the Richter scale was recorded near the Gulf of Corinth early yesterday but no damage or injuries were reported. According to geophysicists at Thessaloniki’s Aristotle University, the quake’s epicenter was located southwest of the village of Domvraina in Viotia prefecture. Child porn A 46-year-old man and his 21-year-old son are to face a Rhodes prosecutor today on charges of dealing in child pornography after police on the island raided their home and seized a large quantity of photographs and videos depicting children being sexually abused. Officers, who also confiscated a large number of weapons including guns and knives, said they would extend their investigation to determine whether the two suspects belong to a ring trading in child pornography.