Capital controls puts off bail
Viki Stamati, the wife of convicted former defense minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos, was to be released from the Dromokaitio Psychiatric Hospital yesterday after three years in custody for money laundering. A court hearing her appeal for early release approved her request on Wednesday but on several conditions, including a 50,000-euro bail payment, which her lawyer, Frangiskos Ragousis, argued she would be unable to make for at least two months. Yesterday, however, authorities agreed for Stamati to be released without posting bail, based on a temporary bail suspension resulting from the imposition of capital controls. The measure runs through the end of October but could be prolonged. Stamati’s release is also dependent on her handing over her passport to authorities, not leaving the country and making regular visits to her local police precinct.