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Greece Seeks Legal Opinion on Onassis Heir’s Sale of Island

Greece’s government has sought the opinion of the country’s legal adviser on the reported sale of Skorpios island, the private retreat of late shipowner Aristotle Onassis, to a Russian billionaire by his only surviving heir.

Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras has referred the matter to the Legal Council of the State to determine whether the sale is in the public’s best interests, according to a response from the Athens-based Finance Ministry to a question submitted to Parliament by a lawmaker. The response was dated May 20 and submitted to Parliament.