Former Minister of Interior Dinos Michaelides was extradited on Thursday to Athens on a European arrest warrant issued by the Greek authorities in connection with a corruption probe.

Michaelides and his son will have to appear before a Greek court and face charges in relation to their alleged involvement in connection with a case relating to former Greek defense minister Akis Tzohatzopoulos.

Both are wanted for alleged money-laundering offences between 1997 and 2001, when Michaelides served as Minister of Interior.

Michaelides departed on Thursday afternoon from Larnaka Airport for Athens accompanied by investigators who came especially from Athens to escort him back to the Greek capital.

The decision to extradite Michailidis to Greece under a European Arrest Warrant was taken unanimously on September 2 by the Supreme Court, which rejected an appeal filed by the lawyers of the former Minister of Interior, against a ruling of Limassol District Court asking for his extradition to Greece.

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