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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-07-19

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  • [01] Journalist shot to death
  • [02] Archbishop at dialogue on poverty

  • [01] Journalist shot to death

    Athens journalist Socrates Giolias was killed by unidentified individuals at dawn on Monday, who riddled him with bullets outside his home in the Ilioupolis suburb of Athens.

    According to an initial statement to police by his wife, an unknown man rang the doorbell of their apartment at about 5:20 a.m. and when Giolias opened the door told him that someone was attempting to steal his car outside the apartment building.

    When Giolias descended to the building entrance where he had parked his car, he was shot several times, dying on the spot.

    The perpetrators, tentatively believed to be three, fled in a car.

    Police have collected some 20 cartridges from the scene.

    At around 7:00 a.m. a burned car was found approximately 1.5 kilometers from the murder scene, and police believe it was the killers' getaway car. The car had been stolen from nearby Alimos two days earlier (Saturday, July 7) and its theft had been reported by the owner to the local police station.

    The motives of the killing are still unknown, and police are examining all possibilities.

    According to an eye-witness account, the perpetrators were at least three and were wearing uniforms, possibly of a security company or the municipal police.

    The weapon(s) used in the attack was(were) a 9mm pistol(s).

    Giolias' wife, who has suffered a strong shock, and the couple's young child were in the apartment at the time of the killing.

    Caption: File photo of journalist Socrates Giolias (ANA-MPA)

    [02] Archbishop at dialogue on poverty

    Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and All Greece Ieronymos is in Brussels for a dialogue on fighting poverty, at the invitation of European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso.

    Along with other European religious leaders, the Archbishop will take part in a dialogue with other European religious leaders on Monday on fighting poverty and social exclusion organised by Barroso, in collaboration with European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and European Parliament President Jerzy Buzek.

    During the meeting Ieronymos, who arrived in Brussels on Sunday, will speak in detail on the Athens Archdiocese's and the Church of Greece's activities and initiatives in the social and welfare sectors, and will also point out the need to support the vulnerable population groups in this time of crisis in Greece, according to a Holy Synod announcement.

    The Archbishop will also stress the importance of cooperation on these issues with the authoritative bodies of the European Union, given that 2010 has been formally designated as the European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion.

    Ieronymos will further submit to the European Commission presented a detailed memorandum containing the Church's positions and proposals for combating poverty and social exclusion, which threaten the cohesion of the European societies, the announcement added.

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