Karchimakis gets extension to prepare testimony

Former socialist minister Michalis Karchimakis, who faces charges of breaching state secrets, on Friday received an extension to prepare his testimony.

Charges against Karchimakis were brought in the wake of investigations into a wiretapping scandal first uncovered in 2005. These found that the telephones of then Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis and his cabinet were being monitored.

Classified documents belonging to the Greek Intelligence Service (EYP) were found at Karchimakis’s home during a search that followed allegations by an EYP agent that the ex-minister had requested data in 2006.

An EYP official was on Friday granted conditional release for the same case on the condition that she does not leave the country and reports regularly to police.

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