Regional units of Greece
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.
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.
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 tremors epicenter was located in the Gulf of Corinth, 9 kilometers northwest of the town of Aigio, in the Peloponnese.
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 islands capital, Argostoli, and the town of Lixouri.
An earthquake of magnitude 5.6 on the Richter scale shook southern Greece on Friday night.
The quake was registered at 11:08 pm local time, with an epicenter 25km east of the island Hydra and 78km south of the capital Athens, the Athens Geodynamic Institute said. There are no initial reports of damages or injuries.