Greek government chief found hanged

A former government official has been found hanged at his home in central Greece.

Leonidas Tzanis, 57, a former socialist politician and deputy interior minister from 1999 to 2001, was found dead by his wife in the town of Volos, said a police official.

The official said Mr Tzanis's death is being treated as suicide but no suicide note has been found.

Mr Tzanis was on a list of 36 politicians that a local website claimed were allegedly under investigation by Greece's financial police.

An official with knowledge of the probe said Mr Tzanis had been under investigation following an anonymous tip-off but no indication of wrongdoing has emerged.