Greece

Politics • European
Police Arrest Six Suspects in Moria Fire

Greek police arrested six foreigners on Tuesday for the allegedly starting the fire that ravaged the Moria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos.

The authorities' main hypothesis about the origin of the fire, which started on the night of Tuesday and Wednesday last week, is that the fire was started by a protest of refugees who refused to be detained after testing positive for Covid-19.

Politics • European
Heavy fires break out in refugee camp Moria

The refugee camp Moria has heavily suffered from multiple fires that were fanned by strong winds. Many of the 12,000 migrants and refugees living in the camp have fled to surrounding areas or started making their way to Mytilini, the capital of the island Lesbos.

Politics • European
Gas deposits dispute in the Mediterranean: Greece, France, Italy and Cyprus start military manoeuvres
Turkish Navy
Turkish Navy Credit: T.C. Millî Savunma Bakanlığı

The NATO partners Greece and Turkey are in dispute over gas deposits in sea areas in the eastern Mediterranean Sea claimed by both countries, but also by Cyprus.

Greece, France, Italy and Cyprus are now launching a large-scale maneuver in the eastern Mediterranean. The joint exercise is to last until Friday. In addition to three Greek F-16 aircraft, three French Rafale jets are also taking part.

Sports • Soccer
Manchester United captain Harry Maguire arrested in Mykonos
Harry Maguire playing for England against Belgium at the 2018 FIFA World Cup
Harry Maguire playing for England against Belgium at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Credit: Кирилл Венедиктов (Creative Commons Attribution 3.0)

The English defender, and Manchester United captain, Harry Maguire has been arrested Tuesday after an alleged altercation with police officers on holiday in Mykonos, Greece.

Petros Vassilakis. Mykonos police spokesman, told the media: "I can't tell you what they were telling us. All English swear words against the authorities and against the work of the police. All three, including the football player, are being held in custody, locked up in Mykonos cell... They will appear before a state prosecutor on the island of Syros later today to be charged with aggravated assault."

United squad have been given two weeks off, and Maguire is in Greece with family and friends to enjoy a break.

Technology • Internet & Web
New Zealand Police have frozen $90m from Russian IT expert

New Zealand Police has frozen $90 million from a New Zealand based company belonging to Alexander Vinnik who had been arrested in July 2017 while on a family vacation in Greece. The Russian IT expert has an open extradition warrant from the United States and France where the authorities accuse him of money laundering, identity theft, drug trafficking and computer hacking. The authorities also accuse him that he has operated BTC-e, a cryptocurrency exchange that allegedly enabled money-laundering. The Greek legal team of Vinnik denies that he ran the exchange and says he was an employee.

Lifestyle • Religion
Greek police arrests Orthodox priest after he celebrated a mass breaking the Covid-19 measures

The metropolitan bishop Seraphim of Kythira had celebrated a Mass on March 20th despite the country suspending all religions gatherings following the spread of the coronavirus. He was arrested by the police, questioned, prompted to follow the regulations and afterwards released.