NEWS

In Brief

ISAP CLOSURE

Electric railway out of service between Kallithea and Faliro The Kifissia-Piraeus electric railway (ISAP) reminded passengers yesterday that as of today there will be no service between Kallithea and Faliro stations. This section of the line is not expected to open before April 1. A replacement bus line (X13) will be in service but passengers are warned that using it will add considerable time to their journey. Bomb hoax Court complex evacuated An anonymous caller contacted the Eleftherotypia daily shortly before 9 a.m. yesterday, warning that a bomb was due to detonate at the city’s main Evelpidon court complex in 17 minutes, but the call turned out to be a hoax. Police evacuated the court complex and forensic experts conducted a search but no suspicious devices were found. An anonymous caller who had telephoned the same newspaper on Saturday evening, ahead of a blast outside Parliament, had said the blast would occur in 17 minutes. Ambulance overturns A mother and her newborn baby emerged virtually unscathed after the ambulance which had been transferring them from a clinic outside Patra to a hospital in the western port city skidded and overturned during a heavy hailstorm. According to sources, the hail had created slippery road conditions and low visibility. Mother, baby and the ambulance crew underwent precautionary medical tests on their arrival at the hospital but were reportedly all in good health. Armed raids Three burglars who broke into a house in the village of Kokkoni near Corinth in the early hours of yesterday woke up the owner and forced him to reveal the PIN number for his bank card before visiting a nearby ATM and withdrawing 600 euros. The victim said the masked intruders, who had been wielding sawn-off shotguns and knives, also pocketed 700 euros in cash as well as several valuables from his home before fleeing in his son’s car which had been parked outside. Meanwhile in Athens, in the southern district of Kallithea, two gunmen held up a branch of Hellenic Post (ELTA) in the early afternoon, fleeing with an undetermined sum. City corpse Police in Athens yesterday were investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of an unidentified man, believed to be aged between 30 and 40, who was found in his apartment in a block at the junction of Fylis and Derigny streets near the city center late last night. The man, who was found dead in his bed, is believed to have been struck on the head with a heavy object, according to police. Unionist beating The trial of six young men linked to the vicious beating of Christos Polyzogopoulos in January 2006, when the latter had been head of the General Confederation of Greek Labor (GSEE), started at an Athens court yesterday. Two of the suspects face charges of attempted murder. Polyzogopoulos, who described the attack in court yesterday, said the beating «could have been fatal.» The trial is to resume on Friday.