Police Press officer when force dismantled N17 gets top job
Lefteris Economou, an experienced police official who was the force’s press spokesman during the campaign that led to the dismantling of the November 17 terrorist group in 2002, was yesterday appointed head of the Greek Police. The Government Council for Foreign Affairs and Defense (KYSEA) chose Economou to replace Vassilis Tsiatouras who stepped down last month after police arrested several members of a left-wing party and journalists during a sweep in the central district of Exarchia. The arrests were subsequently described as “unacceptable” by Citizens’ Protection Minister Michalis Chrysochoidis.
Unidentified arsonists early yesterday hurled petrol bombs at an office of Synaspismos, the largest party in the Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA), in the central Athens district of Exarchia, smashing the glass facade of the premises and starting a fire but causing no injuries. The blaze was quickly doused by firefighters. In another pre-dawn incident, in the Gyzi district of the capital, a homemade firebomb made of gas canisters detonated outside the building housing the supporters’ club of Athens soccer team Panathinaikos, causing minor damage but no injuries