Ex-min­is­ter’s daugh­ter free

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An ap­peals court yes­ter­day or­dered the re­lease from prison of Areti Tsochatzopoulou, daugh­ter of for­mer De­fense Min­is­ter Akis Tsochat­zopou­los, who has been serv­ing a 12-year sen­tence for her role in laun­der­ing mil­lions of euros in kick­backs pock­eted by her fa­ther dur­ing his ten­ure as de­fense min­is­ter. The court ruled that Tsochatzopoulou, who has been in Ko­ry­dal­los Prison since April 2012 when she was re­manded in pre­trial cus­tody, should be freed be­cause she turned over her prop­er­ties to the state and due to the health prob­lems of the youngest of her three chil­dren. She was or­dered not to leave the coun­try and to ap­pear at a po­lice precinct at reg­u­lar in­ter­vals. The same court re­jected an ap­peal for re­lease by Viki Sta­mati, Tsochat­zopou­los’s wife, who is also serv­ing a 12-year prison term for money laun­der­ing.

Lavren­tiadis trial.

Busi­ness­man Athi­nago­ras An­dreadakis, who was in­jured when a booby­trapped gift went off in his hands in June 2012, yes­ter­day with­drew his al­le­ga­tions that another en­tre­pre­neur, Lavren­tis Lavren­tiadis, was re­spon­si­ble for the at­tack. An­dreadakis made the claim on the first day of the trial in which Lavren­tiadis and six oth­ers are fac­ing charges of plot­ting to kill the busi­ness­man. An­dreadakis also dropped his civil ac­tion against Lavren­tiadis with which he was seek­ing fi­nan­cial com­pen­sa­tion. The judge ad­journed the trial un­til De­cem­ber 5. Lavren­tiadis is cur­rently await­ing trial over charges of run­ning a crim­i­nal or­ga­ni­za­tion and money laun­der­ing in con­nec­tion with al­leged em­bez­zle­ment at Pro­ton Bank, where he was the main share­holder.

Debt ar­rest.

A 73-year-old man was ar­rested in cen­tral Athens yes­ter­day morn­ing in con­nec­tion to debts to the state of 57 mil­lion euros. The man was a board mem­ber at a company that traded in mo­bile phones and ac­ces­sories, which ran up the debt with tax au­thor­i­ties.

Anas­tasi­ades op.

Cypriot Pres­i­dent Ni­cos Anas­tasi­ades will have heart surgery in the United States on De­cem­ber 4, gov­ern­ment spokesman Ni­cos Christodoulides said yes­ter­day. Anas­tasi­ades, 68, is to fly to the US on Novem­ber 29, Christodoulides said, adding that the pres­i­dent was ex­pected back in Cyprus be­fore Christ­mas.

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