ATHENS, Greece – An Athens court has found a former defence minister guilty of money laundering after a five-month trial, in the most prominent corruption case in the financially-stricken country.
Akis Tsochadzopoulos, a prominent figure in past Socialist governments, was found guilty Monday, along with 16 of his 18 co-defendants, including his wife, ex-wife and daughter. He has spent nearly a year and a half in jail in pre-trial detention, as had his wife, daughter and other close associates.
Sentencing is expected by Tuesday. In April, a court had sentenced Tsochadzopoulos, 73, to eight years in prison for submitting false income declarations. It also ordered the seizure of his home in central Athens and imposed a 520,000 euro ($706,800) fine. The case stems from corruption in purchases for military hardware.