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Court orders extradition of former minister’s son

File photo of Dinos Michaelides outside the Supreme Court last year

The Limassol district court on Wednesday ordered the execution of a European arrest warrant issued by Greek authorities for former minister Dinos Michaelides’ son, Michalis, in connection with a corruption probe.

Father and son – both lawyers – are wanted for alleged money-laundering offences taking place between 1997 and 2001.

The investigations are part of a graft probe against Akis Tsohatzopoulos, a former defence minister for Greece and a founding member of Greek socialist party PASOK. Tsohatzopoulos faces charges in relation to accepting kickbacks for arms contracts during his term as defence minister.

The court said the necessary requirements for executing Michalis Michaelides’ arrest warrant had been met. It was not immediately clear whether his lawyers would appeal the decision.

On Monday, the Supreme Court ordered that Dinos Michaelides be handed over to Greek authorities, upholding a district court ruling and exhausting his avenues for appeal.

 

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