07 October, 13:01
(ANSAmed) – ATHENS, OCTOBER 7 – Judges at the criminal appeals court in Athens have found former Defense Minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos guilty of money laundering. His sentence is due to be announced on Tuesday, as Kathimerini online reports. The charges relate to bribes that Tsochatzopoulos accepted in return for agreeing defense contracts in the late 1990s and early part of the next decade. According to reports, the court handed down guilty verdicts for 17 of the 19 suspects on trial after deeming they had cooperated with Tsochatzopoulos to launder the bribes through a network of offshore companies and property purchases.
Tsochatzopoulos’s trial lasted for five months, during which he denied the charges against him. (ANSAmed).