Athens probing 250 Milosevic accounts

Greece said yesterday that it was cooperating with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in its investigation into the financial dealings of Yugoslavia’s former president, Slobodan Milosevic. Greece has never refused to cooperate with the international court and Mrs. (Carla) del Ponte, Foreign Ministry spokesman Panayiotis Beglitis said, referring to the ICTY prosecutor. The Justice Ministry has cooperated fully and fruitfully with Mrs. del Ponte and the international court at The Hague. He was commenting on a report in yesterday’s Eleftherotypia newspaper that del Ponte had sent a 100-page memorandum asking for information on some 250 bank accounts in Athens allegedly linked to the Milosevic regime. Eleftherotypia said the accounts were opened between 1992 and 1995, when Yugoslavia was under international sanctions. The justice minister does not appear likely to sign the decision allowing the auction. Stathopoulos has also refused to allow the auctioning of Iraqi state property demanded by a Greek lawyer.

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