Prosecutor asks for former Cypriot minister’s conviction in money laundering case

An Athens prosecutor on Thursday asked for former Cypriot Interior Minister Dinos Michailidis (photo) and his son, Michalis, to be found guilty for their alleged involvement in a case involving kickbacks from defense deals.

Former Greek Defense Minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos has already been convicted for his alleged role in the money laundering network.

The case against Michailidis and his son largely lies on depositions made by Nikos Zigras, the first cousin and one-time confidant of Tsochatzopoulos.

Zigras has claimed that the former Cypriot minister had played a key role in transferring millions of euros in illegal payments Tsochatzopoulos is alleged to have secured for defense procurements.