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Former mayor sentenced to 18 years for embezzlement

A Thessaloniki court on Wednesday handed an 18-year prison sentence to Eleftherios Valavanis, a former mayor of the municipality of Apostolos Pavlos in Imathia, northern Greece, for embezzling 1.3 million euros in municipal funds.

A former town hall cashier received 10 years behind bars and was released pending appeal.

Valavanis, who served as mayor between 2003 and 2006, was found guilty of embezzling the sum of 400,000 euros donated to the Apostolos Pavlos Municipality by betting agency OPAP following a road accident that left 11 Makrochori high school students dead in the Vale of Tempe in 2003, among other charges.

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