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Former CBC governor denies wrongdoing in money transfer, sues paper

Archive photo Christodoulou (L) chatting with Vgenopoulos (R)

Former Central Bank governor Christodoulos Christodoulou denied anew on Monday, any wrongdoing in a case involving a €1.0 million transfer from a Greek ship owner’s account to that of a company headed by his daughter.

The fresh denial came a day after daily newspaper Politis reported that Christodoulou had been questioned by police and the case was headed to court.

Politis said that in his statement to police, the former CBC boss said the money was down payment for consultancy services for the next 10 years.

He also submitted a copy of an agreement between his daughter’s company and Focus, a company belonging to Michalis Zolotas, Politis said.

Zolotas is said to be a close associate of former Laiki strongman Andreas Vgenopoulos whom many hold responsible for the collapse of the island’s banking system.

In a written statement issued on Monday, Christodoulou said he had filed a libel suit against the newspaper.

Christodoulou said the paper had imagined the inexistent details of a statement while trying to prejudge the decision of the attorney-general.

“I emphasise once more that I have done nothing to be ashamed of or to be slandered about,” Christodoulou said. “I always served my country dutifully and I am proud for my national and public service.”

Authorities have been investigating the transfer, which took place in July 2007, from Focus to the company to Athina Christodoulou, less than two months after her father left the office of CBC governor.

The transfer in question was allegedly made to the company’s Athens-based bank account in July 2007.

Around two years later, the €1.0 million plus interest was then allegedly transferred to an account in Laiki Bank.

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