Thursday April 17, 2014 Search
Weather | Athens
19o C
12o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
Ex minister's wife to deny money laundering [UPDATE]

 Viki Stamati's appeal to remove magistrate from probe is rejected

Viki Stamati, the wife of former Defense Minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos, on Friday faced an investigating magistrate in connection with an ongoing probe into an extensive money laundering network in which the ex minister and several of his relatives have been implicated.

According to sources, Stamati was expected to rebuff all charges attributed to her, insisting that her purchase of a home on the exclusive Dionysiou Areopagitou Street was funded by legally acquired cash, including an 800,000 euro bank loan.

An earlier appeal by Stamati for the removal from the probe of the magistrate Gavriil Mallis, whom she allegedly accuses of bias against her, was rejected. Sources said that she was to lodge an appeal with the European Court of Justice, claiming that her right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty had been violated.

Stamati's brother Panayiotis testified earlier on Friday.

Meanwhile, Tsochatzopoulos reportedly issued a new statement condemning the two main parties, socialist PASOK and conservative New Democracy, for launching the prosecution against in a bid to secure gains ahead of general elections on May 6.

His statement came a day after his daughter, Areti Tsochatzopoulou, joined her father in custody in Korydallos Prison after testifying before an investigating magistrate, also on money laundering charges. The magistrate was unconvinced by the explanations she gave regarding her acquisition of a 402-square-meter property in the affluent Athens neighborhood of Kolonaki.

The magistrate was more lenient with a more distant relative of Tsochatzopoulos -- his wife’s aunt, Ekaterini Stamati -- and approved her release after she linked the ex-minister to the offshore firm Torcasso. Stamati is being charged in connection with suspicious bank transfers, including one for 3 million drachmas (or 8,800 euros) that was paid into her account at Emporiki Bank by Torcasso in April 2001. She reportedly testified that most of these payments were made by her son-in-law for the construction of a home in the resort of Porto Rafti but that on one occasion, while on vacation, he had said that he would ask Tsochatzopoulos to arrange for the money to be deposited. This was the payment that, it transpires, was made by Torcasso, Stamati said. Sources said she complained of “being treated like a professional criminal because I once, and unknowingly, received 3 million drachmas from a firm associated with Mr Tsochatzopoulos.”

ekathimerini.com , Friday April 27, 2012 (15:52)  
Judges warn GD holdups over lifting of immunity could lead to suspects´ release
Tensions in SYRIZA as EP election list finalized
Greenpeace warns Greek bees at risk due to ‘toxic cocktail’
Writer slammed for questioning Holy Fire
Euro award institutions choose Greece
Two major European corporate award ceremonies will take place in Athens for the first time in the coming months. They are the European Business Awards, which recognize the continent’s most i...
Mission to woo Russian visitors
The Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE) has set its target for this year’s tourist arrivals from abroad at 18.5-19 million and revenues at 13 billion euros, as bookings from fore...
Inside Business
SOCCER
Greek soccer turns fishier than ever
Soccer in Greece reached new lows in scenes unseen since the national team’s triumph in Euro 2004, as PAOK and Olympiakos served up a cup semifinal with PAOK emerging as the winner and the s...
BASKETBALL
Greens within a whisker of upsetting CSKA Moscow
Panathinaikos came mighty close to snatching home advantage from CSKA Moscow in Game 1 of the Euroleague play-offs on Wednesday, but eventually succumbed to its host in Russia in overtime, w...
Inside Sports
COMMENTARY
Stopping the madness
Greek society is threatened by an overdose of madness and hatred. To be sure, behind the rise of polarization and of extreme – sometimes extremist – views is the harsh reality of the debt cr...
EDITORIAL
Fundamental contradictions
The deep division running through the ranks of the country’s main opposition party regarding the euro and how Greece’s negotiations with its partners and creditors ought to be carried out is...
Inside Comment
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
 RECENT NEWS
1. Greek soccer turns fishier than ever
2. Greens within a whisker of upsetting CSKA Moscow
3. Euro award institutions choose Greece
4. Mission to woo Russian visitors
5. IOBE: Reforms are the only way for economy to return to growth
6. Piraeus steals show as stock index recovers
more news
Today
This Week
1. EU struggles to unpick the knot of Russia-Ukraine gas logistics
2. Stormy weather expected in northwest, central Greece
3. Greece to assist search for remains of Turkish pilot
4. Illegally claimed pensions cost state over 12.5 million euros
5. Bad weather leaves northwest town powerless
6. University admission exams to commence May 28
Today
This Week
1. Bomb explodes outside Bank of Greece
2. Time to take a hard look at debt sustainability, says OECD chief
3. For faith and country
4. CCTV footage from Nigrita Prison shows signs of inmate torture [Video]
5. Samaras sees no need for third bailout
6. Car bomb explodes outside Greek Central Bank building, no one hurt [Update]
   Find us ...
  ... on
Twitter
     ... on Facebook   
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright © 2014, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.