Regional units of Greece

Former mayor sentenced to 18 years for embezzlement

A Thessaloniki court on Wednesday handed an 18-year prison sentence to Eleftherios Valavanis, a former mayor of the municipality of Apostolos Pavlos in Imathia, northern Greece, for embezzling 1.3 million euros in municipal funds.

A former town hall cashier received 10 years behind bars and was released pending appeal.

Nine arrested for robberies in Peloponnese, Attica

Police in Nafplio in the eastern Peloponnese, have arrested nine suspects in connection to a criminal ring believed to have carried out a string of robberies at homes, rooms-to-let and stores in the regions of Argolida, Corinthia and Attica.

Police believe the suspects, seven Albanian nationals aged 19 to 46 and two Greek men aged 35 and 45, are behind 39 robberies and break-ins.

Earthquake shakes Aigio, nearby areas

An earthquake measuring 4.2 on the Richter scale shook several areas in the regions of Achaia, Aetoloacarnania, Fokida and Corinthia on Sunday afternoon.

According to the Institute of Geodynamics in Athens, the tremor’s epicenter was located in the Gulf of Corinth, 9 kilometers northwest of the town of Aigio, in the Peloponnese.

Work to repair Cephalonia's quake-hit roads gets go-ahead

The allocation of 9.5 million euros to repair roads damaged during strong earthquakes on Cephalonia in January and February was approved on Friday.

Infrastructure Minister Michalis Chrysochoidis gave the go-ahead for the money to be spent on fixing damage to the road between the Ionian island’s capital, Argostoli, and the town of Lixouri.