Tsochatzopoulos calls on council members to testify at his trial

Tsochatzopoulos calls on council members to testify at his trial

 

Three days before the scheduled launch of his trial for money laundering, lawyers representing former Defense Minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos on Friday reportedly called on the former members of the Government Council for Foreign Affairs and Defense (KYSEA) that approved the purchase of submarines and Russian TOR-M1 anti-aircraft systems between 1998 and 2000 when Tsochatzopoulos had served in the defense post to come forward and testify that they too had rubber-stamped the deals.

The composition of KYSEA at the time included former prime minister George Papandreou, then foreign minister, and Costas Simitis, who had served as premier then. Other members of the former council include former deputy prime minister Theodoros Pangalos and several serving members of socialist PASOK.