Shipowner faces fresh charge over suspect bank loan

Shipowner Victor Restis, remanded in custody last week on charges of embezzlement and money laundering, is due to face a magistrate in Athens on Thursday to respond to questions about a second loan from First Business Bank, worth 6 million euros, that allegedly ended up in accounts belonging to the entrepreneur’s companies.

Last week, Restis denied he was the recipient of a 5.8-million-euro loan granted last year by FBB, where he was chairman.

The 45-year-old businessman said that the money ended up in the account of an associate, who is being sought by authorities.

The lender has since been taken over by National Bank.