Ex-min­is­ter seeks re­lease

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Jailed for­mer De­fense Min­is­ter Akis Tsochatzopoulos lodged a re­quest yes­ter­day with an Athens ap­peals court for his early re­lease, cit­ing poor health and his ad­vanced age. The 77-year-old for­mer PASOK strong­man is serv­ing a 20-year prison sen­tence for money laun­der­ing and for tak­ing kick­backs from de­fense deals. Tsochatzopoulos has al­ready served four years of his sen­tence in prison and his at­tor­ney said he should be re­leased on hu­man­i­tar­ian grounds. The court is ex­pected to is­sue its rul­ing on the re­quest to­day.

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