Judges order freezing of former minister’s assets in corruption probe

A Misdemeanors Council ordered the freezing of all assets owned by former defence minister Yiannos Papantoniou on Monday, after a relevant request by corruption prosecutor Eleni Touloupaki.

The decision, taken as part of an ongoing investigation into armaments contracts signed during his tenure, concerns Papantoniou’s private assets, such as his house in Kifisia, his office in central Athens and every domestic bank account, but not those of family members. It follows a raid into the former minister’s house and office in March, when authorities seized documents and electronic files.

According to information, the judges at the Misdemeanors Council decided that the evidence cited in the prosecutor’s request was sufficient to decide on the freeing of assets. Their decision also concerns the investigation into Papantoniou’s finances – specifically bank deposits and acquisitions of property after 2000.