Sta­mati de­nial.

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Viki Sta­mati, the wife of for­mer de­fense min­is­ter Akis Tsochat­zopou­los, yes­ter­day told an Athens ap­peals court that she is in­no­cent of money laun­der­ing charges that landed her a 12-year prison sen­tence in 2013, in­sist­ing that she was con­victed for “po­lit­i­cal” rea­sons. Sta­mati, 54, has re­peat­edly ap­pealed for her sen­tence to be com­muted to house ar­rest, to no avail. She told the court yes­ter­day that she was found guilty of money laun­der­ing “be­cause I am the wife of Akis Tsochat­zopou­los, for re­venge, for pun­ish­ment.” Last month, a court re­jected the fourth ap­peal for early re­lease by Tsochat­zopou­los, who is serv­ing a 20-year sen­tence for money laun­der­ing at At­tica’s high-se­cu­rity Ko­ry­dal­los Prison. Tsochat­zopou­los’s lawyers have asked for the early re­lease of their 77-yearold client, cit­ing health prob­lems and say­ing that they fear for his life.

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