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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 12-04-17

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  • [01] Tsohatzopoulos in Korydallos prison
  • [02] Singer Dimitris Mitropanos dies
  • [03] Pavlopetri, Laconia, the world's oldest submerged town

  • [01] Tsohatzopoulos in Korydallos prison

    Former Minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos on Tuesday was sent to Korydallos prison following an examining magistrate's and prosecutor's order that he be remanded in custody pending trial.

    Later Tsohatzopoulos' accountant Efrossyni Lambropoulou will be remanded in custody by decision of the examining magistrate and prosecutor, after the conclusion of her testimony on Wednesday for her involvement in the case of money laundering.amna

    Tsohatzopoulos was remanded in custody on Orthodox Easter Monday after appearing before examining magistrate Gabriel Mallis to answer to charges of money laundering, specifically of kickbacks that he received in order to approve the purchase of the TOR-M1 missile systems and submarines for the Greek Navy.amna

    Tsohatzopoulos had begun his testimony at noon on Monday and was questioned on a memorandum he delivered to the magistrate.

    Sources said the former minister under successive PASOK governments had denied the charges against him concerning the armaments contracts, noting that these were approved by the Government Council for Foreign Affairs and Defence (KYSEA), while he has reserved the right to present his defence concerning the TOR-M1 case at a later date.

    The chief prosecutor's decision also concerns the bank accounts that belong to Asterios Economidis, who has been in custody since Thursday after testifying before an examining magistrate. Economidis is the major shareholder of a construction company that did renovation work at the former minister's luxurious house on Dionyssios Areopagitis Street and sold an apartment to Tsohatzopoulos' daughter located in Athens' Kolonaki district.

    [02] Singer Dimitris Mitropanos dies

    Popular Greek singer Dimitris Mitropanos died on Tuesday at the age of 64. Mitropanos was rushed to an Athens hospital early Tuesday morning, where he died of acute pulmonary oedema.

    Born in Trikala in April 1948, Mitropanos began his musical career in 1964.

    He worked with some of Greece's most renowned composers, including Mikis Theodorakis, Stavros Xarhakos, Manos Hadjidakis, Marios Tokas and Thanos Mikroutsikos, and was a virtuoso of Greek 'laika' popular music for over four decades.

    [03] Pavlopetri, Laconia, the world's oldest submerged town

    The mystery of when and how the world's oldest submerged town, the settlement of Pavlopetri in Laconia prefecture, is being investigated by researchers of the British Archaeological School at Athens (BSA) and the Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities in a five-year project.

    The ancient town of Pavlopetri lies in three to four meters of water just off the coast of southern Laconia in Greece. The ruins date from at least 2800 BC through to intact buildings, courtyards, streets, chamber tombs and some thirty-seven cist graves which are thought to belong to the Mycenaean period (c.1680-1180 BC). This Bronze Age phase of Greece provides the historical setting for much Ancient Greek literature and myth, including Homer's Age of Heroes.amna

    Recently, archaeologists spotted, in collaboration with the Hellenic Center for Maritime Research, three underwater bands of beachrock that indicate the position of the old coastlines. The radiocarbon dating conducted on samples of the rocks appears to shed light on some of the unsolved mysteries of the settlement. The finds indicate that Pavlopetri sank gradually after at least three seismic manifestations, with the first earthquake dated to just after 1000 BC and the other two over the next two millennia, until it was fully submerged around 1060 AD.amna

    More samples of rocks will undergo radiocarbon dating in the coming months in order to investigate in more detail the sequence of the submergence of Pavlopetri.amna

    The BSA's research is being conducted throughout the entire expanse of the Pavlopetri settlement (approximately 20 acres) with the aid of a submarine robotic vehicle from the Australian Center for Field Robotics (ACFR).

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