NICOSIA - Former interior minister Dinos Michaelides will discover on Tuesday whether he will be extradited to Greece to face charges in the ongoing Akis Tsochatzopoulos trial.
Michaelides this week appealed a Limassol District Judge’s decision to uphold an extradition request from Greece at the Supreme Court in Nicosia. The former minister is currently being held at Nicosia Central Prison.
During yesterday’s proceedings, defence lawyer Achilleas Demetriades called on the judges to refer the case to the European Court of Human Rights after he argued that the manner in which the extradition was executed had violated his rights.
State prosecutor Angeliki Karnou had contested the claims by the defence describing them as “groundless” before calling on the court to approve the initial ruling.
Michaelides and his son Michalis are said by Greek investigators to have used a joint bank account to move around millions of euros – believed to be kick-backs in the purchase of weapons - at the behest of Greek former defence minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos from middlemen and arms dealers.