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Convicted former power company executive's medical certificate questioned

TAGS: Crime, Justice

The medical certificate that allowed the former managing director of power supplier Energa, Aristides Floros, to be released from prison due to health reasons may lack the proper signatures and appears to be incomplete, based on report on a Greek news website on Friday.

Floros was the managing director of Energa, which, along with another power company, Hellas Power, withheld more than 100 million euros from the Greek state through a special property tax levied via electricity bills.

The companies collected the levies between September 2011 and November 2012 but subsequently failed to hand the money over to the state.

In February 2017, he was convicted of embezzlement, smuggling and money laundering and sentenced to 21 years in jail.

Floros was released from Halkida prison on health grounds. Reports say that the former businessman has been diagnosed with a disability rate of over 67 percent due to epileptic seizures.

The criminal code allows for the release of prisoners with over 67 percent disability if they have served a fifth of their sentence.

According to the document published on documentonews.gr, the head of Evangelismos hospital Panagiota Goulaki-Mitsaki states that the doctor who opined on Floros’ medical health was not listed in the national health system (ESY) throughout her tenure at the hospital and therefore had no authority to sign off the certificate.

The same report claimed that the certificate lacked the signature of the responsible “Laboratory of Sleep Study” or the Professor of Intensive Care Clinic.

Furthermore, the medical results are not accompanied by treatment proposals, which are necessary in similar cases.

In March 2018, Floros was found guilty of instigating an assassination attempt on lawyer Giorgos Antonopoulos in November 2014 in Penteli, outside Athens, and sentenced to 13 more years in prison.

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