‘ Tril­lion­aire’ gets eight years

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Artemis Sorras, the self-styled tril­lion­aire who claims he can pay off Greece’s en­tire debt, was sen­tenced, along with his wife, to eight years in prison by a court in the western town of Pa­tra yes­ter­day. Nei­ther Sorras nor his wife were present at the hear­ing, where judges re­jected a re­quest for post­pone­ment and also slapped the cou­ple with a five-year sus­pen­sion of civil rights. Ac­cord­ing to the cou­ple’s lawyer, the em­bez­zle­ment con­vic­tion per­tains to them hav­ing sold a lux­ury car that did not right­fully be­long to them to three dif­fer­ent buy­ers – without ever hand­ing the ve­hi­cle over. Sorras also failed to ap­pear yes­ter­day at the Athens Pros­e­cu­tor’s Of­fice to an­swer to a string of crim­i­nal charges, in­clud­ing rack­e­teer­ing and fraud in con­nec­tion with the na­tion­al­ist po­lit­i­cal or­ga­ni­za­tion he runs, called Con­ven­tion of Greeks.

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