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Cyprus orders extradition of former minister’s son to Greece

Just two days after judicial authorities in Cyprus ordered the extradition to Greece of former Cypriot Interior Minister Dinos Michailides (photo), for trial in connection with a money-laundering racket centered around former Greek Defense Minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos, a court in Limassol on Wednesday ruled that Michailides’s son, Michalis, should be extradited for trial for the same case.

The latter is expected to appeal the verdict though an appeal by his father against extradition was rejected.

Father and son have both been implicated in a money-laundering network allegedly set up by Tsochatzopoulos.

Specifically, they have been linked to an offshore firm named Beeston, one of several allegedly used by Tsochatzopoulos to cover the trail of kickbacks from defense deals.