Court slaps ex-official with life sentence over kickbacks
An Athens court yesterday handed a life sentence to Yiannis Sbokos, a former procurements chief at the Defense Ministry who was found guilty of pocketing millions of euros in kickbacks in the acquisition of a military communications system.
The same court also sentenced Antonis Kantas, former deputy head of procurements at the ministry, and Nikos Leontaritis, a senior official in the same department, to 25 and 20 years in prison respectively. Kantas was shown some leniency for admitting to pocketing bribes and recently returning to the Greek state millions of euros in kickbacks.
All three former officials served under jailed ex-minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos, against whom charges in this particular case have expired under the statute of limitations.
The defendants requested that their sentences be suspended pending appeal, with the court rejecting Sbokos’s demand.