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Former defense minister asked to give more testimony on assets

Former Defense Minister Yiannos Papantoniou has been summoned to testify before corruption prosecutor Eleni Raikou in connection with inaccurate source of wealth (“pothen esches”) declarations he is alleged to have submitted in 2009 and 2010.

The prosecutor is seeking supplementary testimony in connection with a 1.3-million-euro deposit in a Swiss bank account belonging to his wife, Stavroula Kourakou, which the ex-minister is accused of not declaring in his pothen esches declaration in 2008, an offense that has been considered a felony since 2009 when the law was made stricter.

Papantoniou and Kourakou, whose assets have been probed by officials of the Financial Crimes Squad (SDOE), could face charges of tax evasion totaling 3 million euros between 2000 and 2010, according to sources.

Prosecutors have yet to press tax evasion charges as the law stipulates that the case file must be checked by the relevant tax office, in Kifissia, north of Athens.