Akis Tsochadzopoulos has been released

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece’s former defense minister and PASOK party member Akis Tsochadzopoulos, was released from Athens’ Korydallos Prison on Tuesday following his request for a revocation of his 19 year sentence.The ex-minister was convicted in 2013 for corruption, however, citing “aggravated health issues” he was granted an early release on Monday by a panel of five Supreme Court judges.His conviction five years ago was part of the country’s most vile money laundering political scandal, that built up a six-million euro case, one of the biggest political corruption cases in Europe.Specifically, his imprisonment was on the grounds of illegally acquired gains over a submarine and TOR M1 missile system contract including several counts of bribery.Tsochadzopoulos after he was granted early release. Photo: Kathimerini“I am not at my best. I need to take care of myself,” the 79-year-old the told reporters waiting outside the prison, according to Kathimerini.“I would like to thank my wife above all, who throughout this entire time, alone and despite abandoned by everyone – acquaintances, friends and others – kept up the fight and ensured the best possible outcome,” he addedTsochadzopoulos’ wife, Vicky Stamati, was also granted early release last year from her eight-year sentence for money laundering.last_img read more