Ex-min­is­ter’s wife un­hurt

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Viki Stamati, the wife of for­mer De­fense Min­is­ter Akis Tsochat­zopou­los who is serv­ing a prison term for money laun­der­ing in an Athens psy­chi­atric hos­pi­tal, was re­cov­er­ing yesterday af­ter other pa­tients at the in­sti­tu­tion stopped her from tak­ing her own life, Stamati’s lawyer said. Ac­cord­ing to Frangiskos Ragousis, Stamati grabbed a knife from the in­sti­tu­tion’s din­ing room and tried to slit her wrists but was stopped by other res­i­dents. Ragousis said Stamati was in “a ter­ri­ble state” af­ter find­ing out that her 8-year-old son, who is be­ing cared for by his grand­par­ents, had been hos­pi­tal­ized with in­tense stom­ach pains amid fears of ap­pen­dici­tis. The 52-year-old had re­quested a fur­lough to see her son ahead of the Au­gust 15 na­tional hol­i­day but it was de­nied by author­i­ties, the lawyer said. Stamati has made sev­eral ap­peals to have her prison term com­muted to house ar­rest but all of them have been re­jected.

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