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Michaelides remains in hospital

 

FORMER minister Dinos Michaelides remained in hospital on Thursday, after he fell ill on Wednesday during a hearing before a Limassol court that ordered his arrest in connection with money laundering.

A senior prison official said he was under guard at Nicosia general hospital where he underwent tests on Thursday.

The former minister is understood to be in a good condition but it was not immediately clear when he would be discharged from hospital and moved to a police cell.

Michaelides and his son Michalis are wanted in Greece in connection with alleged kickbacks paid in the purchase by Greece of Russian TOR-M1 surface-to-air missile systems.

They have been fighting extradition for the past couple of months.

The court on Wednesday ordered that Michaelides, 76, remained in custody until he was handed over to Greece.

Greek authorities had issued a European arrest warrant for Michaelides and son back in July.

His son’s case will be heard on September 4.

The pair had been implicated after the arrest of former Greek defence minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos in connection with the case.

The alleged offences that father and son are wanted for, took place between 1997 and 2001.

They deny any wrongdoing but said they want to be tried in Cyprus.

 

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