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Greece's deputy finance minister sues German newspaper Bild over money transfer claim

A homeless person sleeps on the street in central Athens, early Wednesday, May 13, 2015. Greece, which is in the midst of protracted bailout talks with creditors, is now officially in recession again according to data released Wednesday, less than a year after it emerged from a six-year depression. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

A homeless person sleeps on the street in central Athens, early Wednesday, May 13, 2015. Greece, which is in the midst of protracted bailout talks with creditors, is now officially in recession again according to data released Wednesday, less than a year after it emerged from a six-year depression. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)  (The Associated Press)

Greece's deputy finance minister has sued Germany's tabloid Bild newspaper over a story that appeared this month alleging he sent tens of thousands of euros to a bank account in Luxembourg at a time when his government had been appealing to Greeks to keep their savings in the country.

Dimitris Mardas filed the case against Bild in a Greek court Friday "for the restoration of the truth, his honor and his reputation," according to a finance ministry statement.

Bild named Mardas in a May 6 publication as being the anonymous deputy minister who a newspaper in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki claimed had sent 80,000 euros to Luxembourg in March, long after the new radical left government won January elections.