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COLLISION COURSE

Three policemen injured chasing thieves in the Peloponnese Three policemen were being treated in hospital in the Peloponnese yesterday after being involved in a collision as they attempted to stop three robbers who had earlier held up a post office at Zavgolatio in Corinthia. Authorities said that the three suspects had been planning to hold up a branch of ATE Bank but found it closed due to a strike by the bank employees’ union, OTOE. The robbers then allegedly went to the nearby post office and forced employees at gunpoint to hand over the cash. The suspects then drove off in a getaway car and allegedly rammed the police vehicle with the three officers, pushing it off the road. ISAP WORK Tavros to Faliro opening Monday The section of the Kifissia-Piraeus electric railway between Faliro and Tavros in southern Athens is set to open on Monday, operator ISAP said yesterday. The stretch has been closed for engineering works since January, with thousands of commuters having to use a replacement bus service. The reopening of this section of the line has been delayed by the discovery of antiquities. ISAP said that if everything goes to plan, the line will be opened on Monday. Commuters traveling from Kifissia should note that trains will still not stop at Nea Ionia, Kato Patissia and Aghios Nikolaos. Grigoropoulos trial The trial of two policemen accused in connection with the fatal shooting of teenager Alexis Grigoropoulos in December 2008 is in danger of descending into farce after Alexis Kougias, the lawyer defending one of the special guards, filed yet another suit against prosecution lawyer Nikos Konstantopoulos. Kougias, who has already sued his rival several times, objected to Konstantopoulos producing documents showing that the defense attorney had been banned from practicing law at the time when the case was in its preliminary stages. Murder suspects A 47-year-old man and his two sons, aged 24 and 23, have been arrested for the murder of a 31-year-old man in the Kordelio district of Thessaloniki, police said yesterday. The victim’s body was discovered on April 15. Police said that the three suspects have confessed to the murder but did not give any further details. Cafeteria blast The windows of a cafeteria in the southern Athens neighborhood of Kallithea were shattered early yesterday in an explosion. Police said that a hand grenade was thrown at the cafeteria at 5.40 a.m. Nobody was hurt in the blast. Caught out A 51-year-old civil servant working at Achaia Municipality’s transport department is to face corruption charges after allegedly accepting a bribe of 100 euros to speed up the transfer of vehicle ownership from one person to another. The public servant was arrested after allegedly accepting money from an undercover officer. Fiat recall Fiat Group Automobiles Hellas said yesterday it is recalling 147 Scudo vehicles because of a problem with the on-board computer that could lead to the lights going out during driving. The recall affects cars with the following chassis numbers: 4003021 to 4171160 and 5999002 to 5999517.