Trial of ex-defense minister to resume with objections

The trial of former Defense Minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos and another 18 suspects on charges of laundering money allegedly obtained from bribes is to resume on Thursday with responses to a slew of objections submitted by the ex-minister’s legal team.

According to the chief objection, the 73-year-old cannot be charged with money laundering as it is based on charges of bribe taking for which Tsochatzopoulos can no longer be prosecuted due to the statute of limitations.

The lawyer of the former minister’s wife, Viki Stamati, meanwhile insisted that the charges brought against her are “unacceptable.”

The court on Wednesday approved the Greek state’s request to file a civil suit against Tsochatzopoulos and his 18 co-defendants.