Cap­i­tal con­trols puts off bail

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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.

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