LAOS leader tied to pay­offs

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The leader of the right-wing Popular Ortho­dox Rally (LAOS) is ex­pected to re­sign in the com­ing days amid the launch of a probe into press claims that 1.65 mil­lion euros was paid into two off­shore firms linked to him and his rel­a­tives.

The for­mer New Democ­racy MP, who par­tic­i­pated in a coali­tion gov­ern­ment in 2011-12, de­nied any knowl­edge of the peo­ple men­tioned in the re­port in Real News though he did not deny a link to the off­shore firms. The re­port al­leges that pay­ments were made by two busi­ness­men act­ing as mid­dle­men in the sale of Su­per Puma he­li­copters to Greek au­thor­i­ties. A probe is ex­pected to fo­cus on Karatzaferis’s source of wealth (“pothen es­ches”) forms.

western Greece, par­tic­i­pate in a sim­u­lated re­sponse to an earth­quake yes­ter­day. La­sithi on Crete was hit by a 4.1Richter quake yes­ter­day, the Io­nian is­land of Cephalo­nia by a 5-level quake on Sun­day, and Ai­gio in the Pelo­pon­nese by a 4.8-Richter tremor on Fri­day.

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