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    The Felony Appeal Court decided to adjourn the trial over the operation of an international mine clearing NGO for the 22nd of…

    The Felony Appeal Court decided to adjourn the trial over the operation of an international mine clearing NGO for the 22nd of December due to lawyer impediment.

    Amongst those standing trial are Alex Rontos, consultant of former PM Giorgos Papandreou, as well as journalist Konstantinos Tzevelekos, his wife Maria-Anastasia Markrynioti, ambassadors and former employees at the Foreign Affairs Ministry.

    According to the case file, the NGO received 9 million euros to clear mines in Bosnia, Iraq and Lebanon. The funds however appear to have been paid out, despite the NGO not meeting legal requirements.

    Mr. Rontos, who paid a 50,000-euro bail after his arrest, claimed that the decisions regarding the NGO were taken a central political level and argued that the decisions were linked to foreign policy.

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