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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-01-05

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  • [01] Samaras addresses Athens Chamber reception
  • [02] Investigation on report of ill-treatment of foreign detainee
  • [03] Complaints 13% down

  • [01] Samaras addresses Athens Chamber reception

    Main opposition New Democracy (ND) party leader Antonis Samaras, addressing the annual reception of the Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry (EBEA) for 2010 on Monday, called for "an end to leaks on tax gathering raids that harm the climate and the psychology of the market in a crucial period."

    Samaras stressed that the government's proposals to Brussels must combine monetary responsibility for a decrease in the deficit and the growth prospect so that the market will not "suffocate".

    He added that he has submitted proposals in Parliament analytically and expects the government to respond instead of allowing leaks on tax gathering raids that harm the psychology of the market.

    Economy, Competitiveness and Shipping Minister Louka Katseli said on her part that Samaras "should judge and state his position on specific measures and underlined that there is ample time for a constructive dialogue in Parliament."

    Also commenting on the issue of receipts, Katseli said that it is part of the measures that are in the stage of consultation and wished that 2010 will be a good year for the market to "forge ahead" and for the Greek economy to recover.

    [02] Investigation on report of ill-treatment of foreign detainee

    Five policemen accused of ill-treating a foreign detainee at the Acropolis Police Station on New Year's Eve, will be brought before an investigator on Tuesday morning.

    A public prosecutor has filed criminal charges against those who reportedly beat up the detainee, for torture and abuse of power, and his colleagues who reportedly failed to prevent the detainee's ill-treatment with direct complicity.

    The detainee, a 30-year-old Chilean, has been in hospital since the morning of New Year's day, suffering from multiple blows to his hands, legs and body. He had been arrested on December 23 for violation of the law regarding weapons.

    In another development, the Attica General Police Director has ordered an investigation into yet another report of the ill-treatment of a foreign detainee at the Acropolis Police Station, following a report in an Athens daily.

    The report was made by a 25-year-old Chilean peddler who said that he was arrested in Kapnikarea Square on December 29 while returning home without any goods and after being led to the Acropolis Police Station, five policemen forced him to take his clothes off, tied his hands and then hit him with clubs and punches, while causing other harm to him as well. The young man also said that some of the policemen recorded the scene with their mobile phones.

    [03] Complaints 13% down

    Passenger complaints against airline companies over alleged violations of travellers' rights, unreasonable delays or flight cancellations as well as overbooking and luggage damages fell by 13 percent in 2009 in comparison to 2008.

    According to Civil Aviation Authority figures released on Monday, a relevant office received 556 complaints in 2009, of which 360 referred to flight cancellations and delays and over bookings, while the remaining 196 complaints dealt with luggage loss or damages.

    In 417 (75 percent) of the cases, passengers were vindicated. Penalties were imposed on nine carriers that refused to comply.

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