Cyprus Mail

Decision on Michaelides next Tuesday

By George Psyllides

THE SUPREME Court will announce on Tuesday its decision concerning the appeal against the extradition of former minister Dinos Michaelides to Greece, where he is wanted in connection with money laundering.

On the second day of the hearing, Michaelides’ defence filed a motion to refer a pre-trial question to the European Court concerning the interpretation of the articles of framework agreement on the European arrest warrant and the hand-over procedures between member states.

The request caused a one-hour break in the procedure, which restarted with human rights lawyer Achilleas Demetriades, who joined Michaelides’ team, arguing in favour of submitting a pre-trial request.

The motion was later withdrawn.

Presiding judge Stelios Nathanael told the defence there was no question of interpretation thus no need for submitting a pre-trial question.

Nathanael added that such a procedure would take at least 22 months.

The hearing continued with the state presenting its arguments on why Michaelides’ extradition was legit.

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.

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.


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