Extradition or­der.

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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.

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