Ex-Thes­sa­loniki mayor to chal­lenge life term in court

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The for­mer mayor of Thes­sa­loniki Vas­silis Pa­pa­geor­gopou­los, who was handed a life sen­tence 11 months ago for mas­ter­mind­ing the em­bez­zle­ment of some 18 mil­lion eu­ros of mu­nic­i­pal funds, is to ap­peal the orig­i­nal verdict to­day. A court in the north­ern port city will be­gin hear­ing his at­tempt to over­turn the de­ci­sion, which led to him been jailed at Di­a­vata Prison last Fe­bru­ary. Pa­pa­geor­gopou­los in­sists he was not in­volved in the em­bez­zle­ment. The mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s for­mer gen­eral sec­re­tary, Michalis Le­mou­sias, who was also given a life term, will also be ap­peal­ing his sen­tence.

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