New charges for ex-min­is­ter

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A cor­rup­tion pros­e­cu­tor yes­ter­day lodged charges of mak­ing a false state­ment against for­mer so­cial­ist finance min­is­ter Yian­nos Papantoniou and his wife Stavroula Kourakou, and also charged two of­fi­cials at a tax of­fice in Ki­fis­sia, north­ern Athens, for is­su­ing them with a dec­la­ra­tion al­low­ing them to sell a prop­erty on the is­land of Sy­ros with­out set­tling their ex­ist­ing tax debts. The de­vel­op­ment came just a day af­ter an Athens court im­posed four-year jail sen­tences on the cou­ple af­ter find­ing them guilty of sub­mit­ting in­ac­cu­rate dec­la­ra­tion of wealth state­ments (“pothen es­ches”) in 2010, no­tably by fail­ing to in­clude a ref­er­ence to 1.3 mil­lion euros in sav­ings in a Swiss bank ac­count in Kourakou’s name. The pair have the op­tion of buy­ing off their sen­tences at a rate of 10 euros per day.

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