In­spec­tor in­sists mu­nic­i­pal fi­nances were in ‘chaos’

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Lawyers rep­re­sent­ing for­mer Thes­sa­loniki Mayor Vas­silis Pa­pa­geor­gopou­los and other ex­mu­nic­i­pal of­fi­cials who are ap­peal­ing their sen­tences for em­bez­zle­ment failed yes­ter­day in their bid to have fi­nan­cial in­spec­tor Anas­ta­sia Tsem­pera barred from giv­ing ev­i­dence at their hear­ing. Tsem­pera told judges that the mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s fi­nances were in “com­plete chaos” and none of the laws re­gard­ing how spend­ing should have been recorded were be­ing ob­served. “All the laws were be­ing ig­nored,” she told the court in Thes­sa­loniki. Pa­pa­geor­gopou­los was given a life sen­tence last year for si­phon­ing some 18 mil­lion eu­ros in mu­nic­i­pal funds. The for­mer gen­eral sec­re­tary of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity, Michalis Le­mou­sias, and the city trea­surer, Panayi­o­tis Sax­o­nis, re­ceived the same sen­tences. They are also ap­peal­ing their con­vic­tions.

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