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Yiannopoulos wins grudge war, on points

Two maverick, litigious former Socialist ministers have been sentenced to pay each other hundreds of millions of drachmas in damages for the more actionable of the insults they have traded over the past few years. PASOK deputy – and former justice minister – Evangelos Yiannopoulos, 83, got the better deal. In a verdict made public yesterday, an Athens court of first instance ordered independent MP Vassilis Kedikoglou, 69, to pay him 220 million drachmas for questioning the WW II resistance record Yiannopoulos frequently boasts of. Former PASOK Trade Minister Kedikoglou, who was expelled from the party last September for calling a colleague Salome, had maintained that Yiannopoulos was a Nazi collaborator. Yiannopoulos was ordered to pay Kedikoglou and his three brothers 195 million for returning the latter allegation – in Parliament.