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Bogus e-mail sender caught

A 65-year-old former parliamentary candidate has been arrested for sending e-mails to diplomats purporting to be from Deputy Foreign Minister Mariliza Xenogiannakopoulou when they were in fact composed by him. The unnamed suspect was arrested in his Glyfada home in southern Athens yesterday after officers at the electronic crimes squad traced the e-mails to his computer. Their investigation was launched on Saturday after Xenogiannakopoulou filed an official complaint when she was informed that the bogus e-mails had been sent to more than 1,000 diplomats and other officials in Turkey. Police said the suspect, who recently stood for election with the Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS), attempted to throw his computer out of the window when officers arrived at his home. He also allegedly sent e-mails under the guise of Premier George Papandreou, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.