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Tsochatzopoulos, cousin clash at trial over note

Former Defense Minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos and his first cousin and ex-business partner Nikos Zigras clashed on Wednesday at a trial over a money-laundering racket they are both implicated in after the court read out the personal notes of the one-time Socialist strongman.

Tsochatzopoulos had insisted that, as personal data, his diary and personal notes be withdrawn but the court deemed they were all admissible apart from one file that was allegedly stolen from the former minister’s safe.

The cousins clashed in court after a document that appeared to be instructions for Zigras in the event of his arrest was read out. Zigras said the document had been compiled by the ex-minister and a lawyer who he threatened to name.