Pa­pan­to­niou, wife made false claims

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An Athens court yes­ter­day sentenced for­mer De­fense Min­is­ter Yian­nos Pa­pan­to­niou and his wife Stavroula Kourakou to four years in prison for sub­mit­ting in­ac­cu­rate source of wealth (“pothen es­ches”) forms but they were al­lowed to pay off their terms for 14,560 euros each, pend­ing ap­peal.

The con­vic­tion re­lated to pothen es­ches forms sub­mit­ted by the pair in 2009. The dis­crep­ancy be­tween their stated and ac­tual as­sets was spot­ted after Kourakou’s name ap­peared on the so-called La­garde list of Greeks with Swiss bank ac­counts.

The pair are to face a fresh trial to­mor­row for dec­la­ra­tions made in 2008. Mean­while a ju­di­cial coun­cil is to rule on whether the cou­ple should be in­dicted in con­nec­tion with their pothen es­ches claims for 2010.

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