Min­istry de­cries Kotzias ar­ti­cle

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The For­eign Min­istry is­sued a strongly worded state­ment yes­ter­day over an ar­ti­cle in the Fi­nan­cial Times cit­ing con­cerns about the in­de­pen­dence of the Greek ju­di­cial sys­tem in the wake of a court rul­ing vin­di­cat­ing Min­is­ter Nikos Kotzias in a defama­tion suit against a small Greek pub­lisher.

The min­istry dis­missed the FT’s ar­ti­cle as “un­sub­stan­ti­ated,” claim­ing it “prop­a­gates un­prece­dented lies aimed at dis­cred­it­ing the Greek gov­ern­ment.” It re­buffed claims in the ar­ti­cle that the as­sets of the Athens Re­view of Books (ARB) had been frozen af­ter Kotzias won a defama­tion suit against the magazine over a reader’s let­ter it pub­lished de­scrib­ing him as a for­mer “fa­nat­i­cal” Stal­in­ist. The min­istry said the FT did not pub­lish a re­sponse by Kotzias’s lawyer claim­ing the ARB is “wag­ing a defam­a­tory cam­paign” against Kotzias. The ARB hit back, say­ing its bank ac­counts have been frozen.

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