Usury con­vic­tion.

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A three-mem­ber crim­i­nal ap­peals court yes­ter­day con­victed a for­mer So­cial­ist deputy ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter of col­lu­sion in usury and money laun­der­ing in a case in­volv­ing a loan granted to a to­bacco trader from Kavala, north­ern Greece. Yian­nis An­thopou­los was handed a 15-year sus­pended sen­tence, while the court also or­dered the seizure of his house in the south­ern Athens sub­urb of Voula and bank de­posits to­tal­ing 1.7 mil­lion eu­ros. Three co-de­fen­dants were con­victed of usury and or­dered to pay back 5.7 mil­lion eu­ros. Ac­cord­ing to the case file, in the pe­riod 2002-2005, the for­mer PASOK min­is­ter acted as an in­ter­me­di­ary be­tween to­bacco com­pany owner Odetti Petridi and the com­pany of the politi­cian’s co-de­fen­dants, with the for­mer re­ceiv­ing a loan of 17.6 mil­lion eu­ros from the lat­ter.

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