Ex-mayor de­nies charges

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The former mayor of Thes­sa­loniki, Vas­silis Papageorgopoulos, de­nied charges of han­dling funds which were the prod­uct of il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties and was al­lowed to walk free af­ter ap­pear­ing be­fore a Thes­sa­loniki in­ves­tiga­tive mag­is­trate. His tes­ti­mony was tied to a case in­volv­ing the em­bez­zle­ment of nearly 18 mil­lion eu­ros in mu­nic­i­pal funds, for which he was sen­tenced to 12 years be­hind bars in 2013. The former mayor, who suf­fered a heart at­tack while in pri­son, se­cured his re­lease in July af­ter ben­e­fit­ing from a new law al­low­ing con­victs with dis­abil­i­ties or chronic health prob­lems to be freed af­ter serv­ing at least one-fifth of their sen­tence. Former Thes­sa­loniki gen­eral sec­re­tary Michalis Le­mou­sias, cur­rently serv­ing 13 years at Di­a­vata pri­son, was also ex­pected to face a mag­is­trate in con­nec­tion with the same case.

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