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GRIGOROPOULOS DEATH

Officers involved in shooting of teenager face December trial 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 are to stand trial on December 15, court sources said yesterday. Epaminondas Korkoneas, who shot the teenager, faces charges of murder with malice aforethought. He claims the bullet that killed the teenager was fired as a warning and ricocheted. Vassilis Saraliotis, who had been on duty with Korkoneas, is charged with being an accomplice to murder. The trial is to take place at a court in Halkida, Evia, for security reasons. SEX OFFENDER British fugitive nabbed on Crete A 56-year-old British man who was reportedly convicted in 2008 on a string of sex offenses including the attempted rape of a child and the possession of indecent photographs of minors has been arrested in Greece, The Associated Press cited police here as saying. Stephen Burnell of Scunthorpe, northern England, was arrested in the resort of Lentas in southern Crete, AP said. Petralona opens The Piraeus-bound platform of the station of Petralona on the Piraeus-Kifissia urban electric railway (ISAP) is to reopen on Monday following its closure to the public for several months to allow engineering works to get under way. On the same day the launch of works at the station of Ano Petralona will result in the closure of the Kifissia-bound platform of that station, ISAP said. University rankings The rector of Athens University, Christos Kittas, yesterday called on the state to «show more trust» in the institution after it was named in the top 200 universities in the world in an annual list. Athens University moved up 23 places to 177th in the Times Higher Education and QS Top Universities rankings. «We are in the top 1 percent of all tertiary education institutions in the world despite working in very difficult conditions.» Harvard was ranked the world’s best university. Mayor hits back Thessaloniki Mayor Vassilis Papageorgopoulos yesterday claimed there was a campaign to sully his name ahead of next year’s local elections after the prosecutor’s office in the city launched a second probe into allegations that more than 23 million euros of municipal funds had been embezzled. Papageorgopoulos, a New Democracy member, claimed it was a remarkable coincidence that the latest investigation should come just after the new government was sworn in. Cell block One of the three suspected members of the Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire urban guerrilla group has lodged an appeal against his detention, labeling the reasoning behind it as being «counter to common sense.» Panagiotis Masouras, 19, argues that the house that police raided before arresting the suspects was a lodging for students, not a hideout for terrorists. Toll protest Residents of the village of Tragana, north of Athens, blocked recently erected tollbooths on side roads leading to the Athens-Lamia highway yesterday in protest at being charged 1.75 euros to use the national road. The villagers have arranged to meet with Deputy Infrastructure Minister Yiannis Magriotis on Tuesday to discuss the matter.