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18  theSun | FRIDAY DECEMBER 12 2008

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German heiress’ former lover

Riots, looting as Athens charged with blackmail

MUNICH, (Germany): The former lover of Germa-
ny’s richest woman was charged with attempted
blackmail yesterday in connection with videos

hit by new protests made of their steamy hotel trysts, the Munich
prosecutor’s office said.
Helg Sgarbi, a 43-year-old Swiss, was also
charged with fraud and attempted fraud in con-
nection with other cases involving rich women,
the office said.
ATHENS: Police clashed with demonstrators and assassinate” and “Silence only shows
groups of looters across Athens yesterday as complicity” are splashed across banners He was arrested in January in Austria after BMW
the Greek government confronted a sixth day of hanging outside the elite Athens Polytech- heiress Susanne Klatten accused him of trying to
protests over the police killing of a schoolboy. nic building. extort 290 million euros (RM1.4 billion) in exchange
Demonstrators clashed with security forces Six days of unrest in cities across for the videos, according to press reports.
outside the country’s biggest prison and a uni- Greece since Grigoropoulos was fatally Klatten, a 46-year-old married mother-of-three,
versity in central Athens while police said groups shot in Athens have left dozens of injured A Bulgarian man holds a picture of Greek is reputed to have a personal fortune of 7.8 billion
of youths attacked stores in several districts or and scores of banks, stores and public buildings teenager Grigoropoulos outside the Greek euros (RM36 billion) through stakes in automaker
blocked main roads. destroyed, badly damaged by fire, or looted. embassy building in Sofia, Bulgaria. BMW and chemicals giant Altana.
Formal voluntary homicide charges against Police have confronted riots every night since She is said to have fallen for the smooth-talking
the police officer accused of shooting 15-year- the death. on the violence and appealed for national unity, Swiss in 2007 after meeting him in a hotel bar.
old Andreas Grigoropoulos failed to stem public Athens police officer Epaminondas Korkoneas but experts said his future was uncertain. Press reports said other wealthy German women
anger and Greek embassies in other countries was charged on Wednesday with voluntary Korkoneas, 37, was charged on Wednesday also fell victim to Sgarbi’s scams in recent years.
have also become a target for protests. But under homicide – which under Greek law does not night with voluntary homicide and “illegal use” of – AFP
fire prime minister Costas Karamanlis went to a necessarily involve premeditation. his service weapon. He was ordered to remain in
European Union summit in Brussels. The officer, whose partner has been charged custody by an investigating magistrate. Ex-Indonesia foreign minister
A clash at Koyrdallos prison in a western Ath- with complicity, has claimed self defence with His partner, Vassilios Saraliotis, 31, was Ali Alatas dies in Singapore
ens suburb blew up after protesters threw rocks ballistics analysis indicating a ricochet bullet hit charged with being an accomplice and will also
and other missiles at police who fired tear gas to the schoolboy, lawyers said. remain in custody. The pair have been held since SINGAPORE: Former Indonesian foreign min-
force the protesters back, a prison guard said. Demonstrators and left wing unions have Sunday. ister Ali Alatas, who once served as United
Demonstrators later staged a sitdown protest sought to focus the public anger against the Korkoneas is accused of killing Grigoropoulos Nations special envoy to Myanmar, died in
in front of the prison amid more confrontations right wing government, whose popularity has during a clash with around 30 youths in the Singapore yesterday, Indonesian officials said.
with security forces. plummeted in recent months because of the Exarchia district of Athens. His lawyer said Korko- He was 76.
Police said there was also unrest at the Athens economic crisis and a series of political scan- neas claims self defence saying the group threw Ali was Indonesian foreign minister from
agriculture university, which has been occupied dals. firebombs and other objects while shouting that 1988 until 1999, and will be widely remem-
by students, and that rampaging youths were A general strike on Wednesday brought much they “were going to kill them.” bered for his role in defending the Indonesian
attacking stores in the upmarket Nea Smyrni and of the country to a standstill and badly disrupted The crisis has crossed borders, with Turkish invasion and occupation of East Timor until
Galatsi districts of the capital. flights in and out of Greece. left-wing protestors daubing red paint over the Jakarta withdrew amid widespread violence
School students also blocked several main The socialist opposition has also stepped up Greek consulate in Istanbul, and Greek embassies in 1999.
roads in Athens. calls for Karamanlis to quit and call new elections, in Moscow and Rome also targets for firebomb- “The cause of death was heart attack,” said
More than 100 schools and some 15 university ignoring his appeals for national unity against the ers. senior Indonesian diplomat Kemal Haripur-
campuses remain occupied by youth demonstra- worst unrest Greece has seen since the end of a In Spain, 11 demonstrators were arrested and wanto. Ali died in Singapore’s Mount Elizabeth
tors in Athens and the second city of Thessaloniki, military dictatorship in 1974. several police officers injured during clashes in Hospital. Alatas, the chairman of Indonesian
with student groups having announced a major Karamanlis, who went to Brussels for a key Madrid and Barcelona, while 32 people were President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s Presi-
rally for today. EU summit, now faces intense domestic political arrested in Copenhagen when their protest in dential Advisory Council, had been undergoing
Slogans such as “state killers”, “murderers, pressure, with just a single seat majority in the support of Greek rioters turned violent, police treatment in Singapore for more than a year,
you will pay”, “democracy gives arms, cops Greek parliament. He has vowed to crack down said. – AFP Kemal said. – Reuters