Shipowner Vangelis Marinakis has filed an injunction at the Council of State for the return of his passport, held by the Greek police over a pending trial involving the heroin-laden freighter “Noor 1”.

Marinakis, owner of Olympiakos FC and the former Lambrakis media group, is banned from leaving the country following a prosecutor’s orders. He is fighting the order at Greece’s highest administrative court, which has set the discussion date as February 5, 2019.

The case of “Noor 1” began when authorities confiscated one ton of pure heroin at the port of Eleusis, where the ship docked in the summer of 2014. Another 1.1 tons were found at the house of shipowner Makis Giannousakis.

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