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Cyprus Mail: Press Review in English, 99-11-06

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From: The Cyprus Mail at <>

Saturday, November 06, 1999

Fallout continues from missing identification

YESTERDAY's papers divided their front-page coverage between continuing fallout from the identification of the remains of a 16-year-old boy listed as missing since 1974, and a variety of other issues.

Alithia said: "Zinonos, a wake up call." The paper said that government spokesman Michalis Papapetrou had been surprised to hear that several people had been present at Zinon Zinonos' death while the boy was thought to be missing.

Alithia said that Papapetrou had seen the issue not only as humanitarian but also political, as, "completely unnecessarily, we are giving the other side grounds to undermine the entire attempt to locate the missing."

Haravghi focused on transfers in the Limassol police force. The transfers involved promotions and demotions in the wake of the fake-visa scandals.

The paper also said that high school teachers had from Thursday stopped patrolling school grounds during breaks.

Haravghi said the teachers had made the move as a protest to the authorities for not giving them the protection they felt was necessary.

The move came after a spate of violent outbreaks between students and, in some cases, students and teachers.

Simerini said that cabaret owned Sotiris Athinis had left Cyprus on Friday night shortly after the charges against him in the Hambis Aeroporos murder trial had been dropped.

The paper said that Athinis had been accompanied by his wife, and said that the police had taken strong security measures at the airport. He and his wife were "literally surrounded by MMAD (rapid response squad) officers," Simerini said.

The paper also said that the trial had continued on Thursday with a testimony from a first time witness who came forward ten months after the murder.

Machi reported on an international story, saying that an Argentinean woman had filed a divorce from her husband because of he was unhygienic.

The paper said the unnamed woman had accused her husband of 25 years of being thoughtless and extremely dirty.

She also said he had never taken care of their children and even ignored their home being flooded on several occasions after blocking the bathroom drains.

Machi also reported that President Glafcos Clerides would be visiting laboratories at the Lakatamia and Saints Constantine and Eleni cemeteries today.

The two cemeteries have been the focus of attempts to determine whether unmarked graves contain remains of missing persons.

The paper said that Clerides would be accompanied by Defence Minster Socrates Hasikos and that the labs would be blessed by Archbishop Chrysostomos.

Politis said that foreign barwomen, waitresses and artistes who were found to have fake visas had been sent back to work by the authorities.

The paper said that the authorities had found it too expensive to hold the women until they were ready to testify and so issued them with legitimate visas so that they could go back to work until they were ready to testify.

The paper also philosophically asked why so many people watching a lecture by Carl Lewis on Wednesday night insisted on leaving their mobile phones on.

"How busy can somebody who sets time aside to watch a lecture be? Surely he has some time to spare or is so interested in the subject that he is willing to sacrifice the rest. So it is unexplainable why the speaker's address is interrupted because some people have the impression that they are entitled to let their phones ring."

Lewis, although understandably annoyed by the many interruptions, joked that he was in favour of a legislation being passed that would allow for silent, vibrating phones only.

© Copyright Cyprus Mail 1999

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