Yesterday afternoon journalist and publisher of the newspaper "Friday the 13th" Emilios Liatsos was taken to the prosecutor in handcuffs. Subsequently, however, shortly after 8 pm, he was released. The prosecutor did not press charges and instructed the investigator to make a preliminary investigation. Liatsos was detained by police at the headquarters of the newspaper and taken to the police station on Syntagma Square following a complaint filed by Elena Dzouli, wife of Panos Kamenos, leader of the centre-right party "Independent Greeks."
Liatsos faced the prosecutor for violating a court order, which states that the newspaper should not mention the name of Elena Dzouli.
Liatsos’ lawyer Chrysanthos Glavas, commented on the arrest as follows: "they cannot arrest journalists for such a thing. If the institutions are acting in this way, then journalists cannot perform their professional duties."
The reaction of the journalist:
Leaving the police station Emilios Liatsos said: "I'll see you in court. What Georgalas said, were his own words. During his time nobody would have arrested a journalist." George Georgalas used to hold various management positions during the dictatorship in Greece between 1967 and 1974.
Publication in the newspaper
Liatsos’ newspaper published an interview with George Georgalas, one of the main ideologists of the junta, which mentioned his conversation with Kamenos Panos and his wife. The case is related to the writing of a book about the terrorist organization "November 17th" - an old and complicated case.
The passage which mentions Panos Kamenos’ wife Elena Dzouli is the following: "The next day, April 8, Panos Kamenos called me late at night and asked me to speak with his second wife, Elena, in order to convince her to let him deal with politics. His wife was against it. I had convinced also his family to let him deal with politics. I really did speak to her over the phone. Subsequently, on June 10, Panos Kamenos called me to thank me, because I had managed to convince his wife and she no longer minded him dealing with politics. Since then Kamenos disappeared. He neither paid me nor responded to my attempts to contact him…".
Now Georgalas accuses the leader of "Independent Greeks" of not having paid him for writing the book about "November 17th", as well as for research conducted in this regard.
Something omitted in the publication, which was however implied
The publisher of "Friday the 13th" mentions in an article that Kamenos bought shares worth 9.5 billion Drachmas in 2000 and two years later he filed a tax declaration with a profit of 1 billion Drachmas.
In the subtitle of the main topic it is also noted that "in 1996 Kamenos was accused of abuse to a degree of felony."
In addition it also mentions the wife of the "Independent Greeks" leader, Elena Dzouli, for whom it says that "she was sentenced to two years in prison for forgery."
Panos Kamenos’ comment:
The leader of "Independent Greeks," commented on Emilios Liatsos’ arrest in his Twitter profile:
"Now, with the decision of the Justice Liatsos is arrested for slander in his newspaper "Friday the 13th”. This was the end for slanderers. Now it’s the counterfeiters’ turn."
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