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MURDER COVER-UP

Woman alleged to have killed husband to appear in court A 52-year-old woman who allegedly admitted to killing her 57-year-old husband last summer before burying the body near his native village in Grevena, northern Greece, will tomorrow face an investigating magistrate on murder charges after being given an additional two days to prepare her defense. The magistrate is also expected to summon the woman’s 18-year-old son and 20-year-old daughter, said to have helped their mother bury the body. According to police, the son is in Greece with his mother while the daughter is in Germany, where the family lives. FYROM APPEAL Skopje takes case to The Hague The government of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) yesterday lodged an appeal with the International Court of Justice in The Hague, claiming that Athens violated a bilateral interim accord signed in 1995 with its veto of FYROM’s bid to join NATO at the alliance’s summit in Bucharest in April last year. Athens has until January 20 next year to defend itself. Anticipating the appeal, Greece’s Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis said on Sunday that Athens has «very strong arguments» in its defense and called on Skopje to participate in ongoing talks on the name dispute in «good faith.» Train disruption The timetables of trains run by the Hellenic Railways Organization (OSE) and the Proastiakos suburban railway are due to be severely disrupted by work stoppages today and on Friday. Only a few of the scheduled journeys on the OSE network will take place, although trains to and from abroad will not be affected. For more information, passengers should call 1110. Hit and run An Irishman who was a resident of Zakynthos was run over and killed yesterday, police said. The accident happened on the Laganas-Kalamaki road. According to officers, the Irishman, who was not further identified, was riding a motorcycle when he collided with a car. Police on the Ionian island were yesterday looking for the driver, who apparently fled the scene. Taxi muggers Police yesterday were questioning five Albanians believed to have carried out at least five muggings on taxi drivers in northeastern Attica. Police broke the alleged ring following the arrest in Glyka Nera of an 18-year-old Albanian. Upon interrogation, the suspect is alleged to have revealed that he and another four countrymen had been mugging taxi drivers at gunpoint or at knifepoint for the past eight months. Armed holdup Two gunmen netted around 30,000 euros after threatening the owner of a gas station in the northern suburb of Maroussi early yesterday. The pair ambushed the owner shortly after 8 a.m. as he was leaving the gas station with a bag containing cash to deposit at the bank. The two robbers fled with the bag on a motorcycle. Zakynthos fires Firemen on Zakynthos yesterday managed to bring under control a blaze that started on the Ionian island on Sunday but were battling three new fires that broke out in different sections of forestland in the early hours.