Court Tsochatzopoulos laundering case to rule on calling ex-PM to stand

The Athens Appeals Court will decide on Friday whether to grant ex-Defense Minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos’s request for the former members of the Government Council for Foreign Affairs and Defense (KYSEA), including ex-Prime Minister Costas Simitis, to appear as witnesses in his money laundering trial.

The court has so far rejected Tsochatzopoulos’s requests but his lawyers made a fresh appeal on Thursday after the main witness in the trial, Financial Crimes Squad (SDOE) official Nikos Maitos, finished giving evidence.

If members of KYSEA are not called by the court, the trial is likely be adjourned until Wednesday.

Tsochatzopoulos and 18 others face charges of laundering money that he allegedly took in bribes during his time at the Defense Ministry.