Greek Justice System Rules: Tsochatzopoulos & 16 Co-defendants GUILTY

Following five months and more than 60 sessions, the Greek justice system on Monday charged former PASOK Defence Minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos, 74, and 16 out of his 18 co-defendants of being guilty of money laundering from bribery. The prosecution is convinced that the money received and handled by Tsochatzopoulos for more than a decade, as well as most of his co-defendants, exceed the astronomical sum of 18 billion drachmas or well over 55+ million Euros.
The accused are expected to appear in court later on this week where they will receive their sentences, which some say could be between 10-20 years.
It should be reminded that Tsochatzopoulos was already sentenced to eight years in prison on March  4, 2013 as well as a 520,000 Euro fine for tax evasion and failure to declare the source of his wealth.
Accused: Vicky Stamati, his ex-wife Gudrun Tsochatzopoulos, his daughter Areti Tsochatzopoulos, his cousin Nikos Zigras, Vicky Stamatis’s brother Panagiotis Stamatis, the accountant Euphrosyne Lambropoulou, the manufacturer Asterios Economides, the businessman George Sachpatzidis, the former Secretary General of the Greek defense Ministry Ioannis Sbokos, the lawyer Talita Tsekoura, the representatives of the offshore company Morelia, Oratios Melas and Constantinos Antoniades, the alleged owner of the offshore company Nobilis, Nikos Georgoulakis, the alleged spokesman of Torcaso, Pantelis Zachariadis, lawyers Spyridon Chatzinikolaou and Giorgos Konstantatos, the owner of the bookstore IANOS, Nikos Karatzas, and former MP and businessman in the construction sector, Fotis Arvanitis.

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