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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-06-19

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  • [01] PASOK: Cadres linked to Siemens affair face ouster
  • [02] Arrest for human egg-trafficking

  • [01] PASOK: Cadres linked to Siemens affair face ouster

    Main opposition PASOK will suspend any members of the party who have "serious involvment" in the Siemens affair, PASOK spokesman George Papaconstantinou announced on Thursday.

    "Contrary to the tactic of covering-up, one followed by New Democracy, PASOK will suspend party membership for all those who have serious implication in the Siemens case," he said.

    Papaconstantinou clarified that any suspension does not pre-judge the outcome of the ongoing judicial investigation process.

    He said that among the proposals put forward by party leader George Papandreou on combatting corruption, in addition to the package of specific measures proposed, also included are a public invitation to the prime minister and a call for a meeting of political party leaders with the President of the Republic.

    Papaconstantinou further recalled that PASOK and Papandreou have repeatedly called for the establishment of a parliamentary fact-finding commission on the Siemens kickback and bribery probe.

    Captoin: ANA-MPA file photo shows the exterior of main opposition PASOK party in downtown Athens.

    [02] Arrest for human egg-trafficking

    A 41-year-old Romanian national was arrested late Wednesday night on the island of Crete and charged with trafficking and sale of human eggs, taken forcibly from two Romanian women he and a female accomplice had kept in captivity.

    His accomplice, a Romanian woman, was being sought by police.

    According to the case file, the Romanian man and the wanted woman held the two women, aded 20 and 27, locked up in an apartment in Chania.

    The 27-year-old woman was forcefully given injections in the abdomen with a pharmaceutical product to induce the production of more ova, which the man would later sell for 600 to 2000 euros per ovum.

    Police are investigating the possible involvement of more accomplices, while an examination has also been ordered determine whether the 20-year-old woman was also subjected to the same procedure.

    An Athens obstetrician/gynaecologist told ANA/MPA that removal of the ova was a very delicate and specialised procedure, and could be done only through paracentesis.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of the city of Chania, Crete

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