Pros­e­cu­tor: No rea­son to al­ter guilty ver­dict

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A pros­e­cu­tor yesterday asked an ap­peals court to find for­mer min­is­ter Yian­nos Pa­pan­to­niou and his wife, Stavroula Kourakou, guilty for sub­mit­ting in­ac­cu­rate “pothen es­ches” (dec­la­ra­tion of source of in­come) forms for 2009. Re­fer­ring to the sum of 1.3 mil­lion eu­ros that the cou­ple is al­leged not to have de­clared, the pros­e­cu­tor, Panayi­o­tis Poulios, de­scribed it as “an ex­tremely large amount which can­not be jus­ti­fied by the de­fen­dants’ fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tion.” In Novem­ber 2014, Pa­pan­to­niou and Kourakou were both sen­tenced to four years in prison for sub­mit­ting in­ac­cu­rate source of wealth forms for 2009 but were al­lowed to pay off their terms for 14,560 eu­ros each, pend­ing ap­peal. Dis­crep­an­cies in their stated and ac­tual as­sets were de­tected when Kourakou’s name ap­peared on the La­garde list of Greeks with bank ac­counts in a Geneva HSBC branch.

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