Publisher and TV presenter Themos Anastasiadis is to face felony charges of money laundering and tax evasion, it emerged on Tuesday.
Skai TV reported that financial affairs prosecutor Spyros Mouzakitis filed the charges. At the beginning of the year, he took over the investigation into Anastasiadis’s finances, which first began in 2007 when he was implicated in the alleged blackmailing of ex-Culture Ministry general secretary Christos Zachopoulos, who tried to commit suicide.
Anastasiadis is being investigated over savings of 5.5 million euros in French bank BNP Paribas. The publisher has insisted that the money was related to his business interests and not a product of any wrongdoing.
Skai said that Mouzakitis believes Anastasiadis cannot justify having such a large deposit based on his tax declarations.