Greece’s Dirty Money Unit Freezes Assets of NGO Activist’s Accounts

ATHENS –  Greece’s Anti-Money Laundering Authority (AMLA)  ordered the freezing of all assets of human rights activist Panayote Dimitras, including his bank accounts, and safe deposit boxes and similar assets, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) he heads.

AMLA said its investigation indicated that he was allegedly receiving funding via the NGOs to support human rights causes, but using the money for other purposes than those he claimed, said the state-run Athens-Macedonia News Agency ANA.

The probe was ordered by AMLA Head and former Supreme Court Deputy Prosecutor Charalambos Vourliotis, the findings sent to the head of the Athens First Instance Prosecutor’s Office, Antonis Eleftherianos, the report also said.

Dimitras, who co-founded the Greek Helsinki Monitor (GHM) in 1993, was known for firing off a fusillade of lawsuits against judges, prosecutors, journalists and well-known personalities for alleged racism and homophobia.


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