Supreme Court over­turns 2013 rul­ing on Sor­ras

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Greece’s Supre­meCourt has over­turned a 2013 rul­ing by an Athens mis­de­meanor court stat­ing that Artemis Sor­ras was au­tho­rized to man­age an amount that came to $600 bil­lion. The rul­ing then had also ac­quit­ted him on charges of dis­sem­i­nat­ing false in­for­ma­tion.

Judges said the 2013 de­ci­sion was not based on sub­stan­ti­ated ev­i­dence. The rul­ing bears no le­gal con­se­quence on Sor­ras, though he will no longer be able to in­voke the 2013 de­ci­sion.

Sor­ras, who claimed to have enough money to pay off Greece’s en­tire pub­lic debt and that of its ci­ti­zens, has been on the run after be­ing sen­tenced in March by a court in Pa­tra, western Greece, to eight years in prison on charges of em­bez­zle­ment.

The self-pro­claimed tril­lion­aire is the founder and leader of a na­tion­al­ist po­lit­i­cal group, Con­ven­tion of Greeks, which has drawn thou­sands of fee-pay­ing fol­low­ers.

State broad­caster ERT yes­ter­day held a memo­rial ser­vice for the al­leged vic­tims of the tem­po­rary shut­down or­dered by the con­ser­va­tive ad­min­is­tra­tion in 2013. Union lead­ers also in­au­gu­rated a mon­u­ment, de­signed by Kyr­i­akos Rokos, ‘in mem­ory of the 23 for­mer em­ploy­ees and sup­port­ers who lost their lives in 2013-2015.’ The claim has been widely de­bunked as a po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated fab­ri­ca­tion.

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