Tuesday, October 3, 2006


Greece Denies Dumping Illegal Immigrants into the Sea

`Greek authorities have denied knowledge of an alleged incident in which Greek officials threw illegal immigrants into the Aegean Sea off the coast of Turkey. On Tuesday morning, some 31 illegals were plucked out of the sea near the Turkish coastal city of Izmir. They claimed that the Greek Coast Guard had thrown them into the water. They did so, said one survivor, “without even asking if we could swim,” according to Turkey’s state-owned Anatolia news agency. Six people have reportedly drowned; three are missing.

Greek officials denied the charges in general terms. “We never throw people into the sea,” said Haris Bournias, a Greek Coast Guard commander on the island of Chios. [..]’

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