NICOSIA - The son of former interior minister Dinos Michaelides lost his extradition appeal on Wednesday and will now join his father in being sent to Greece for questioning in the Akis Tsohatzopoulos corruption trial.
The elderly Michaelides is set to become the first Cypriot government or former government official to be extradited to Greece with Greek authorities wanting to question him as part of a graft inquiry against disgraced former Greek defence minister Tsohatzopoulos.
On Wednesday, the Limassol district court dismissed defence lawyer Alecos Evangelou’s claims that Michalis Michaelides was not implicated in the scandal adding that “there was no justification in overruling the extradition order” given the exact circumstances that led to his father’s extradition being upheld in previous, separate court hearing.
Michalis was ordered to remain in police custody at the Nicosia Central Prisons – where Michaelides senior is currently being held - prior to his extradition to Athens, which is expected to take place next week.
Legal sources say it is unlikely that the younger Michaelides will launch an appeal following the previous unsuccessful appeal of his father.