Court slaps ex-of­fi­cial with life sen­tence over kick­backs

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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.

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