Georgiadis counters Kammenos's defamation claim in Athens court

Health Minister Adonis Georgiadis appeared in court in Athens on Thursday to respond to defamation charges filed by Independent Greeks leader Panos Kammenos (photo).

The latter is claiming 670,000 euros in damages from the minister after Georgiadis alleged that Kammenos owned a yacht, Iliatoras of London, that had until 2009 been registered with an offshore firm in order to avoid tax in Greece.

Georgiadis produced several documents and a DVD in court showing Kammenos on board the yacht to support his allegations.

Kammenos denies the charges and insists that the vessel was registered in his father’s name.