Ex-min­is­ter wants kin freed

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For­mer De­fense Min­is­ter Akis Tsochat­zopou­los, who is serv­ing a 20-year prison sen­tence for set­ting up a money-laun­der­ing net­work to con­ceal mil­lions of euros in kick­backs from de­fense deals, yes­ter­day ap­pealed to judges hear­ing the re­quests of his wife, Viki Sta­mati, and daugh­ter, Areti Tsochatzopoulou, for early re­lease from their re­spec­tive 12-year sen­tences in con­nec­tion with the same case. “My en­tire fam­ily has ended up in prison serv­ing bru­tal sen­tences,” Tsochat­zopou­los said, claim­ing that the pair had been con­victed sim­ply be­cause they are his rel­a­tives. Sta­mati’s lawyer said his client was a spe­cial case as she has been un­der go­ing psy­chi­atric treat­ment for more than a year and had sui­ci­dal ten­den­cies.

Party de­cides.

The In­de­pen­dent Greeks par­lia­men­tary group yes­ter­day backed the party’s decision not to support any can­di­date to suc­ceed Pres­i­dent Karo­los Papou­lias in Fe­bru­ary’s elec­tion, re­gard­less of who the nom­i­nee is. All 13 of the right-wing anti-aus­ter­ity party’s MPs took part in the meet­ing and they re­port­edly ar­rived at a unan­i­mous decision to re­ject what­ever can­di­date the coali­tion puts for­ward.

Lawyers’ strike.

Athens lawyers will be on strike from to­day un­til the end of the week in protest at a bill in­tro­duc­ing changes to civil pro­ce­dural law. The gov­ern­ment is due to sub­mit the draft law to Par­lia­ment to­day. The Athens Bar As­so­ci­a­tion is due to give a news con­fer­ence to ex­plain its ob­jec­tion. Lawyers said they are angry the coali­tion did not take their ob­jec­tions on board.

Kathimerini awarded.

Kathimerini’s revamped web­site was named among the win­ners at the 16th an­nual Euro­pean News­pa­per Awards yes­ter­day. The on­line and cross me­dia awards went to the mul­ti­me­dia (Erevnes) sec­tion of the web­site that uses photographs and video to ac­com­pany fea­ture sto­ries. A spe­cific ar­ti­cle, “A Cruise with no Strate­gic Plan,” writ­ten by An­ge­los Petropou­los, was also awarded. Enri Canaj was re­spon­si­ble for the pho­tog­ra­phy and Gogo Be­be­lou the video edit­ing. A to­tal of 194 news­pa­pers from 27 coun­tries took part in the com­pe­ti­tion.

Seal res­cue.

A baby Mediter­ranean monk seal, dis­cov­ered on a beach on the Spo­rades is­land of Skope­los last Sun­day, is be­ing cared for at a spe­cial unit at the At­tica Zo­o­log­i­cal Park, near Athens In­ter­na­tional Air­port, aid work­ers said yes­ter­day. The seal pup, which is be­lieved to be just 2 weeks old, weighs 13 kilo­grams and is said to be suf­fer­ing from de­hy­dra­tion and a res­pi­ra­tory in­fec­tion, ac­cord­ing to vet­eri­nar­i­ans who said the mam­mal’s con­di­tion must sta­bi­lize in the next few days if it is to sur­vive.

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