A council of appeals court judges yesterday ordered the extradition to Cyprus of Greek shipowner Michalis Zolotas in connection with an alleged bribe paid to former Cyprus Central Bank governor Christodoulos Christodoulou. Zolotas is said to be connected to businessman Andreas Vgenopoulos, who died of a heart attack in Athens on Saturday. The company Focus Maritime is believed to have been used as a front to pay a bribe to Christodoulou so the central banker would not challenge Vgenopoulos’s acquisition of a controlling stake in Cyprus Popular (Laiki) Bank through his Marfin Investment Group. Zolotas turned himself in to authorities following a European arrest warrant that was issued after he failed to turn up in court in Nicosia. He has appealed.