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FRAUDSTERS CAUGHT

Two men posed as officials to collect bribes from traders Two men aged 42 and 46 were being questioned yesterday by police in Piraeus on charges of impersonating tax office workers, police officers and prefectural authority inspectors in order to extract bribes from store owners. According to police, the alleged fraudsters secured the bribe payments by threatening nine store owners with financial penalties. A search on their homes turned up several forged police identification cards, stamps and documents. ISAP DISRUPTION Section closed until October 5 Service on the Piraeus-Kifissia electric railway (ISAP) is to be suspended between the stations of Ano Patissia and Eirini until October 5 to allow renovation works to get under way. Passengers can use the X15 bus on this section. ISAP commuters are reminded that the section of the ISAP route between Attiki and Monastiraki is to remain closed for renovation works until the end of the year. Passengers can use metro lines 2 and 3 for their journeys. Pupils injured Three third-grade pupils from a primary school in Aghios Dimitrios, southern Athens, sustained minor injuries yesterday after being hit by chunks of plaster that came unstuck from their classroom ceiling. The children were transferred to hospital to be examined by doctors. A team of prefectural officials has been dispatched to the school to check the classroom and other parts of the building. Amfissa trial A court in Amfissa, central Greece, that has been hearing the trial of two policemen charged with the murder of 15-year-old Alexandros Grigoropoulos in Exarchia, central Athens, in December 2008, yesterday heard the concluding statements of the officers’ defense lawyers. The court is to reconvene again on October 11 for the verdict on the charges that have been brought against Epaminondas Korkoneas, who is alleged to have shot the teenager, and Vassilis Saraliotis, who was on duty with Korkoneas at the time. Toll suit Olympia Odos, a private company that collects toll payments from the Zevgolatio and Rio toll posts on a stretch of the national highway in the Peloponnese, has taken legal action against 25 motorists who allegedly refused to pay toll fees, sources said yesterday. The company wants each motorist to pay the amount in toll fees that he or she is alleged to have withheld in addition to 1,500 euros in damages. The motorists who refused to pay their toll fees say that the Corinth-Patra section of the road is still under construction and does not satisfy European quality and safety standards. Drug haul Police in northern Greece yesterday detained a 34-year-old Bulgarian woman on the Athens-Lamia national highway near the central city after confiscating more than 100 kilograms of cannabis from her car. An inspection on the woman’s car turned up 95 packages of the drug that weighed in at 102 kilograms.