FORMER Interior Minister Dinos Michaelides will remain detained in Greece until authorities there come to a decision regarding the graft case against former Greek defence Minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos it was announced yesterday.
Michaelides was in court in Athens yesterday to answer the prosecution’s question regarding alleged kickbacks he received in the purchase by Greece of Russian TOR-M1 surface-to-air missile systems.
He pleaded not guilty on Friday to charges against him brought by Greek authorities as part of the case involving Tsohatzopoulos.
His cross examination began at around 3pm and finished at around 8pm with the court decision to keep him detained being made just after 9pm.
He is implicated in a case involving a total of €40 million in kickbacks.
Michaelides is accused of receiving 5.7 million Swiss Franks
The former minister was taken to court in a police jeeps and was escorted to the prosecutor’s office from a back door by three uniformed police officers.
Greek prosecutors allege Tsohatzopoulos siphoned funds overseas. They say one of his co-defendants has alleged that Michaelides helped Tsohatzopoulos set up bank accounts, and that they want to question the former Cypriot minister about that.
Michaelides is the first Cypriot government or former government official to be extradited to Greece.
The Supreme Court ordered the extradition of his son Michalis on Tuesday, in connection with the same case.
He will remain in custody until his extradition that must take place within 10 days.