Photo: Naftemporiki newspaper
The controversial football boss Makis Psomiadis, against whom serious match-fixing allegations have been raised, is now in the hands of the Greek authorities. Psomiadis always managed to escape from the clutches of justice and ultimately found peace in the Macedonian capital. But in November 2011 he was discovered by local police and put in jail. Greece immediately requested his extradition, but due to diplomatic issues regarding the unresolved dispute over Macedonia's name, his extradition was delayed.
Today at 2 pm, five and a half months later, the Macedonian police handed over Makis Psomiadis to Interpol, which in turn drove him to Evzoni border, where the Greek police were waiting for him. They drove him to the General Directorate of Greek Police on “Alexandras” Avenue in Athens, and tomorrow the accused will be brought before a prosecutor. The former president of the football club in Kavala will have to face additional accusations of leading a criminal organization, money laundering, fraud and extortion.
Makis Psomiadis was arrested in September 2011 in a villa in the Anavissos suburb in Athens on charges of match-fixing. During questioning he declared himself to be a political prisoner and victim of the system and was released because of a disagreement between the investigator and prosecutor. Later the court ordered his arrest, but the 56-year-old entrepreneur had disappeared. Two months later Macedonian authorities arrested him in Skopje.