Forest owner denies drug traffic charges
GREEK shipping tycoon and the owner of Olympiakos Piraeus and Nottingham Forest soccer teams, Vangelis Marinakis, denied any links to drug trafficking yesterday, a day after a Greek prosecutor brought preliminary charges against him.
The prosecutor charged Marinakis with financing and storing drug substances and setting up a criminal group to traffic and sell drugs, a judiciary source said.
The 50-year-old ship owner denied any wrongdoing saying that the charges were legally unfounded and accused the country’s leftist-led government of plotting against him.
“There is not the least evidence against me,” Marinakis said in a statement posted on the Olympiakos website, adding that “members of the governing coalition have persistently targeted me” and said the results of any investigation would prove his innocence.