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Athens News Agency: News in English, 11-07-19

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  • [01] Seven found guilty in 'Conspiracy of Cells of Fire' terror group trial
  • [02] New archaeological finds unearthed
  • [03] ASE opening: Rise

  • [01] Seven found guilty in 'Conspiracy of Cells of Fire' terror group trial

    ANA-MPA/An Athens court on Tuesday found six of nine defendants in the trial for the "Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire) terror group guilty of felonies and a 7th defendant guilty lesser charges, while acquitting the two other defendants.

    In a stricter ruling than that initially sought by the prosecutor in the case, the court found two of the defendants, Haris Hatzimihelakis and Panagiotis Argyrou, guilty of setting up a terrorist organisation, possession and construction of explosives, and moral instigation of three bomb explosions: at the home of former deputy interior minister Panagiotis Hinofotis on July 12, 2009, at the offices of the Macedonia-Thrace ministry on September 2 that same year, and at the home of PASOK (the main opposition party at the time) official (and later minister) Louka Katseli a few weeks later, on September 23, 2009.ana-mpa

    The court also found four defendants, Giorgos Karayiannidis, Panagiotis Massouras, Konstantina Karakatsani and Alexandros Mitroussias, guilty of membership in a terrorist gang, aiding the explosion at Katseli's home, violation of the law on explosive materials, and construction and possession of the explosive device placed at Katseli's home.

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    [02] New archaeological finds unearthed

    ANA-MPA/Archaeological excavations at the Mandra site on the uninhabited islet of Despotiko, southwest of the small island of Antiparos in the Cyclades, unearthed the northern wall of an archaic building, it was announced on Monday.

    The excavation works, which began on June 2 and were completed on July 8, also brought to light the headless upper torso of an archaic period male youth statue ("kouros"), the third sculpture that belongs to the specific "kouros" category ever unearthed.

    The second half of the statue, namely, the lower torso, was unearthed during earlier excavations in 2005, while its missing head is possible to be the one unearthed in 2010.

    The statue, that was found safely placed upside down in the ground supported by marble stones, has the left arm bend over the chest, indicative of the style characterizing the 6th century BC sculpture workshops on the island of Paros. ana-mpa

    The fragments, preserved in excellent condition, mirror the unparalleled quality of the local sculptures. Three fingers of the right foot of another "kouros" were found near the sea placed on a brick base.

    This year's excavation also brought to light a plethora of archaic and geometric period ceramics proving the existence of a temple.

    Excavation works on the nearby Tsimintiri islet have revealed five large constructions. In antiquity, Despotiko and Tsimintiri were joined through an isthmus.

    Excavations at the Madra site on Despotiko were sponsored by the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation and Paul and Alexandra Canellopoulos Foundation.

    Caption: View of the archaeological excavation at Mandra site on Despotiko islet. ANA-MPA

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    [03] ASE opening: Rise

    Equity prices were rising at the opening of trade on Tuesday on the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE), with the basic share price index up 1.38 percent, standing at 1,187.84 points at 11:15 am, and turnover at 10.040 million euros.

    Individual sector indices were moving upward, with the biggest gains in Insurance, up 4.26 percent; Technology, up 2.99 percent and Construction, up 2.05 percent.

    The biggest losses were in Personal and Household Goods, down 0.26 percent; and Telecoms, down 0.18 percent.

    The FTSE/ASE 20 index for blue chip and heavily traded stocks was up 1.15 percent, the FTSE/ASE MID 40 index was up 0.37 percent, and the FTSE/ASE-80 small cap index was up 0.89 percent.

    Of the stocks traded, 42 were up, 16 were down, and 12 were unchanged.

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