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Charges filed in Zachopoulos case

A prosecutor yesterday filed criminal charges against persons as yet unnamed for the breach of personal privacy and the attempted blackmail of former Culture Ministry general secretary Christos Zachopoulos. The charges were issued by prosecutor Eleni Raikou and allow the magistrate investigating the case, Dimitris Economou, to bring the charges against specific individuals when he thinks it is appropriate. Sources said that this could happen within the week. Economou continued his questioning yesterday as journalist Makis Triantafyllopoulos gave evidence about some 5 million euros deposited in the bank account of fellow journalist Themos Anastasiadis. The two co-owners of the Proto Thema newspaper have fallen out over the money and allegations that Anastasiadis gave the government a DVD showing Zachopoulos and his assistant Evi Tsekou having sex. Economou is investigating whether the 5 million euros are connected to the Zachopoulos case. Anastasiadis claims he is being made a scapegoat for the scandal and suggested that journalists at Mega TV had also seen the DVD. A recording of Mega presenter Dimitris Kabourakis claiming his channel’s anchorwoman, Olga Tremi, had seen the footage was aired on television on Tuesday night. The journalist who made the recording, Stefanos Chios, appeared before Economou yesterday to give further information. Kabourakis insists he was just «joking around» with Chios. Mega TV yesterday turned down his offer to resign.