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Papandreou children’s claim to villa rejected

Andreas Papandreou’s children have no right to an Athens villa inherited from their grandmother but sold by their father, as the former prime minister was under the impression the building belonged to him, a court found in a decision made public yesterday. The Psychico villa was sold to businessman Haralambos Vlachoutsikos, and Papandreou cited the proceeds to explain how he was able to build a luxurious Ekali mansion in which he lived with his third wife, Dimitra Liani, until his death on June 23, 1996. Three of his children from a previous marriage, Andreas, Sophia and Nikos Papandreou, claimed ownership of the villa after the sale, on the basis of a will by their grandmother, Sophia Mineiko. But the court found that they delayed too long in publishing the will, 16 years after Mineiko’s death. It said Papandreou sold the building in good faith, «not knowing the will existed.»