Ex PM, socialist heavyweights to testify in Tsochatzopoulos trial Apr 29

An Athens court hearing the appeal of ex-Defense Minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos against his prison term for money laundering has accepted the former PASOK veteran’s request for the members of the Government Council for Foreign Affairs and Defense (KYSEA) from 1998 to 1999 to be called as witnesses.

The former KYSEA members, including the socialist prime minister at the time, Costas Simitis, and ministers Yiannos Papantoniou, Evangelos Venizelos and Vasso Papandreou are expected to testify on April 29.

Judges in Tsochatzopoulos’s initial trial refused the request.

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