Probe faces a month’s wait

Magistrates will have to wait another month before trying to obtain answers in the Zachopoulos affair after a second psychiatrist reported yesterday that lawyer Christos Nikoloutsopoulos will not be well enough to give his deposition for another four weeks. Psychiatry professor Yiannis Nestoros is the second court-appointed expert to examine Nikoloutsopoulos and confirm that the lawyer is suffering from depression and cannot face questioning. Nikoloutsopoulos accompanied former Culture Ministry employee Evi Tsekou to meetings with journalists, at which she allegedly told them about her affair with the ministry’s then general secretary, Christos Zachopoulos. Nestoros recommended that the lawyer should give his deposition in the hospital where he is being treated rather than in court. It is expected that Zachopoulos will also be in a position to face questioning in a month’s time. He has made a good recovery since attempting to commit suicide in December but is being treated for post-traumatic stress.