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Half ton of cocaine branded with Nazi symbol seized in Thessaloniki

Swastika-branded cocaine were seized in Thessaloniki and seven people were arrested as members of a criminal gang that smuggled 585 kilograms of cocaine from Latin America. The alleged ringleader of the gang, which had been under police surveillance, is a 50-year-old Albanian national and the gang included his wife, his …

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Kaili hearing postponed for next week; remains in custody

The pre-trial hearing of MEP Eva Kaili has been postponed to December 22, media in Greece report from Brussels on Wednesday afternoon. She did not  appear at the hearing, where it will be decided whether she will remain in custody or be released on conditions. The postponement has been confirmed …

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Operation IRINI seizes illegal cargo for Libya, MV MEERDIJK led to Greece

Operation mechanism IRINI has seized vehicle modified for military use in Libya that is under arms embargo by the United Nations. Merchant vessel MV MEERDIJK with a flag from the Netherlands has been ordered to the port of Almyros by Volos in Central Greece, local media report on Thursday, November …

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Authorities seize entire inheritance of prominent journalist Giorgos Tragkas

Greece’s Anti-Money Laundering Authority has seized the entire inheritance of Giorgos Tragkas, a prominent Greek journalist, small media owner, published, TV and radio producer, who died in December 2021 from Covid-complications. In a 60-page report, the Authority came to the conclusion that the source of the assets he owned might …

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850,000 poor quality face masks seized at Athens airport

Greece’s Financial Crimes Squad (SDOE) has confiscated 850,000 poor quality face masks at Athens’ International Airport, the head of the Independent Authority for Public Revenue announced on Monday. Speaking at the airport’s customs, Giorgos Pitsilis said the masks did not meet the necessary specifications and lacked international markings. Most came …

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Greek Health Ministry to produce antiseptics from confiscated Methanol

The Greek Finance Ministry is preparing a legislation that will allow the production of disinfectants from confiscated methanol traditionally used to adulterate drinks. Aim of the legislation is to tackle shortages of antiseptics in the country due to the outbreak of coronavirus. The legislation will allow the Independent Revues Authority …

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Libya seizes oil tanker LAMAR suspected of smuggling, arrests Greek crew

Libya’s navy has seized an oil tanker suspected of illegally loading fuel and arrested its Greek crew, a navy spokesman said Thursday. The tanker was intercepted on Wednesday evening off Libya’s western coast, about eight nautical miles from the Abu Kamash oil plant, said spokesman Ayoub Kacem. Abu Kamash is …

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UPD Tanker pumping fuel from Agia Zoni II seized, two arrests for fuel smuggling

The Port Authorities of Piraeus have seized the tanker “Lassaia” (Lassea) that was pumping fuel from the sunken tanker Agia Zoni II and arrested the captain and the chief engineer on suspicion of illegal fuel trade on Tuesday afternoon. According to a statement issued by the Greek Coast Guard, the …

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Tsipras asks Swiss President to release millions euros seized from Greeks’ accounts in Switzerland

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has asked Doris Leuthard, the President of Swiss Federation for the release of Greek assets in Switzerland. The amount totaling  30 million Swiss francs (27.5 million euros) was blocked by Swiss prosecutors in 2012, when the scandal of bribery involving Greek politicians broke out. Tsipras …

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Lesvos: Customs Authorities seize several cars operated by NGOs

Several vehicles operated by international non-governmental organizations on the island of Lesvos have been seized by the Greek customs authorities. According to Athens News Agency, the vehicles had been violating Greek and European laws, according to which license plates should be changed if a vehicle operates for more than six …

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