Tsochatzopoulos or­dered to pay 613,000 eu­ros

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For­mer De­fense Min­is­ter Akis Tsochatzopoulos, cur­rently on trial on money-laun­der­ing charges, was or­dered yes­ter­day by the State Au­dit Coun­cil to pay a fine of 613,000 eu­ros. The fine per­tains to “un­ac­counted for wealth” from the pe­riod be­tween 1998 and 2010 which the politi­cian had failed to list on his dec­la­ra­tion of wealth state­ments, known as “pothen es­ches.” Tsochatzopoulos is stand­ing trial for al­legedly re­ceiv­ing kick­backs for con­tracts dur­ing his ten­ure at the De­fense Min­istry from 1996-2001. Mean­while, speak­ing at the Athens Ap­peals Court yes­ter­day, Tsochatzopoulos ac­cused his suc­ces­sor at the min­istry, cur­rent PA­SOK pres­i­dent Evan­ge­los Venize­los, of scrap­ping the off­set agree­ments that went with the con­tracts for sub­ma­rine pur­chases that are at the heart of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Tsochatzopoulos said that by do­ing so, Venize­los had de­prived the coun­try of sig­nif­i­cant ben­e­fits linked to the pro­cure­ments.

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