Court nixes ex-min­is­ter’s ap­peal

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An Athens ap­peals court yes­ter­day re­jected a re­quest for early re­lease by for­mer De­fense Min­is­ter Akis Tsochatzopoulos who is serv­ing a 20-year jail sen­tence for money laun­der­ing. In his re­quest, the for­mer min­is­ter had cited his ad­vanced age as well as health is­sues. A pros­e­cu­tor told the court yes­ter­day that Tsochatzopoulos could com­mit new money laun­der­ing of­fenses if re­leased. She also noted that the health is­sues raised by the for­mer min­is­ter could be treated in prison. Tsochatzopoulos, 77, was found guilty in 2013 of money laun­der­ing in con­nec­tion to kick­backs he is al­leged to have re­ceived from de­fense deals.

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