Min­is­ter’s daugh­ter free

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The daugh­ter of for­mer De­fense Min­is­ter Akis Tsochat­zopou­los was re­leased from prison yes­ter­day after serv­ing 2.5 years in cus­tody. “I want to re­turn to my chil­dren,” said Areti Tsochatzopoulou upon her re­lease. “I still can­not be­lieve it.” Tsochatzopoulou was taken into cus­tody in 2012 and was sentenced to 12 years in prison last Oc­to­ber for her role in laun­der­ing mil­lions of euros in kick­backs re­ceived by her fa­ther dur­ing his ten­ure as de­fense min­is­ter. Tsochatzopoulou has been banned from leav­ing the coun­try and must ap­pear at her lo­cal po­lice precinct twice a month. Judges re­cently re­jected a fourth ap­peal for early re­lease by Vicky Sta­mati, Tsochat­zopou­los’s wife, who is also serv­ing a 12-year prison sen­tence in the same case. Tsochatzopoulou re­fused to com­ment on this is­sue as she left prison.

Univer­sity trans­fers.

The Coun­cil of State is be­ing called on to solve a po­ten­tial prob­lem caused by the gov­ern­ment’s decision to re­lax re­stric­tion on stu­dent trans­fers be­tween univer­si­ties. A to­tal of 115 aca­demics from Thes­sa­loniki’s Aris­to­tle Univer­sity have filed an ap­peal with the Coun­cil of State ar­gu­ing that the trans­fers are un­con­sti­tu­tional and will re­sult in over­crowd­ing in some de­part­ments.

Wills fraud.

A for­mer New Democ­racy MP who is al­leged to have been part of a gang that forged rich peo­ple’s wills to ob­tain their as­sets after their deaths yes­ter­day de­nied any in­volve­ment in the gang. Alexis Kougias, the lawyer of the for­mer par­lia­men­tar­ian who can­not be named for le­gal rea­sons, is­sued a state­ment on his be­half. “Our client has in­structed us to co­op­er­ate with judges and pros­e­cu­tors to clear up the mat­ter,” it said, adding that a new state­ment would be is­sued de­tail­ing “when and how” this would hap­pen. So far seven peo­ple have been ar­rested and another three are wanted in con­nec­tion to the al­leged fraud, which led to the gang amass­ing 12 prop­er­ties and 480,000 euros in cash.

Gavalas or­der.

An Athens court yes­ter­day or­dered fash­ion en­tre­pre­neur Lakis Gavalas to pay a debt of 70,000 euros to the state in 36 in­stall­ments with the first pay­ment due on Jan­uary 15. The busi­ness­man, who was ar­rested for the sev­enth time in con­nec­tion with un­paid taxes ear­lier in the day, was re­cently handed a five-year sus­pended sen­tence. The court ruled that if he missed a pay­ment he would go to prison. Gavalas has pre­vi­ously of­fered to trans­fer three prop­er­ties val­ued at 40 mil­lion euros to the state in ex­change for the write-off of a 17-mil­lion-euro debt.


Po­lice in Thes­sa­loniki have ar­rested two men in con­nec­tion to two il­le­gal vodka dis­til­leries they dis­cov­ered op­er­at­ing in the ar­eas of Pen­talofo and Korde­lio. A third per­son, a man sought for the mur­der of a Halkidiki busi­ness­man, was also ar­rested at the Korde­lio dis­tillery.

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