Greek Ex-Minister Found Dead in Probable Suicide: Police

Leonidas Tzanis, a former Pasok lawmaker and Greek deputy interior minister, was found dead late yesterday in the northern Greek city of Volos, police said.

Police are investigating the cause of death and suspect suicide, said a spokeswoman, who asked not to be identified according to policy.

Tzanis, 57, was among politicians being investigated by Greece’s economic crimes unit for amassing ill-gotten wealth, state-run Athens News Agency reported, without saying where it got the information. His wife found him after he hanged himself in their garage, ANA said.

He entered parliament in 1993 as a representative for the Magnisia constituency and was re-elected as a lawmaker in Greece’s following three national elections. Tzanis served as deputy interior minister from 1999 to 2001.

Pasok expressed its condolences for the death in an e-mailed statement late yesterday.