Warrant issued for ex minister’s arrest

An arrest warrant has been issued for former defense minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos, who faces trial for allegedly failing to declare a property he owns in central Athens on his origin of wealth (?pothen esches?) form in 2010.

Judicial authorities said on Wednesday morning that an arrest warrant had been issued and forwarded to police while officers of the Financial Crimes Squad (SDOE) were said to be outside the former minister?s home on Dionysiou Areopagitou Street.

Appeals prosecutor Galinos Bris recommended on Tuesday that Tsochatzopoulos stand trial for declaring an income of almost 251,000 euros, which included two bank loans totaling 150,000 euros, but not the building on Dionysiou Areopagitou Street.

Tsochatzopoulos insists the property came into his possession after the form was submitted.