Kam­menos sued.

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Busi­ness­man Dim­itris Gian­nakopou­los yes­ter­day filed a defama­tion suit against De­fense Min­is­ter and In­de­pen­dent Greeks (ANEL) chief Panos Kam­menos, from whom he is de­mand­ing 10 mil­lion eu­ros in dam­ages. Gian­nakopou­los, vice pres­i­dent of the Vianex phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pany and owner of Panathi­naikos bas­ket­ball club, said in a state­ment that he is seek­ing such a large sum in a bid to pre­vent politi­cians from us­ing Par­lia­ment as a “plat­form for defama­tion.” The le­gal ac­tion comes af­ter Kam­menos claimed in Par­lia­ment on Satur­day that Gian­nakopou­los had sent him text mes­sages threat­en­ing to bring down the gov­ern­ment. Kam­menos read out the al­leged mes­sages dur­ing the de­bate on the new leg­is­la­tion for broadcasting li­censes, which passed through Par­lia­ment on Satur­day night. Gian­nakopou­los also owns a me­dia firm. Late last night, a group of around 15 sus­pected mem­bers of the an­ar­chist group Ru­bi­con stormed the build­ing on Syn­grou Av­enue in Athens hous­ing ANEL’s of­fices and hung ban­ners from the roof protest­ing against the gov­ern­ment’s talks with cred­i­tors. Po­lice briefly de­tained the pro­test­ers.

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