Police arrested the publisher and the director of “Parapolitika” newspaper on Tuesday following a lawsuit filed against them for libel and attempted extortion by ANEL leader and government coalition partner Panos Kammenos.

The publisher, Ioannis Kourtakis, said in a Facebook post he went voluntarily to police headquarters (GADA) after being informed about the lawsuit, while director Panagiotis Tzenos was arrested by police in his office.

“ANEL president and Defence Minister Panos Kammenos filed a lawsuit against Kourtakis and Tzenos for repeated libel and attempted extortion through repeated attacks against Panos Kammenos made by the radio station ‘Parapolitika 90.1 FM’, in order for the minister to withdraw his accusations that Kourtakis allegedly received 843,000 euros from KEELPNO and Tzenos 629,000 euros,” an ANEL press release said about the arrests.

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The Athens-Macedonian News Agency (AMNA) (Greek: Αθηναϊκό-Μακεδονικό Πρακτορείο Ειδήσεων, AΜΠΕ) is a Greece-based news service. It is a public entity anonymous company. It was founded in 2008 as the Athens News Agency - Macedonian Press Agency S.A. (ANA-MPA SA), under a presidential decree which merged the Athens News Agency (ANA SA) and the Macedonian Press Agency (MPA SA).