NEWS

Match-fixing case moved

?»??»??»??»?Greece?s match-fixing case has been referred to the court of appeals because of the sheer number of documents in the file and the large number of suspects implicated, Kathimerini has learned. The case, which had so far been in the hands of magistrate Giorgos Kassimis, is due to be investigated by an appeals court magistrate.

About 85 people are suspected of involvement in fixing the results of 41 matches during the last three seasons in domestic competitions.

Senior prosecutors and judges appear to be unhappy with the slow progress of the inquiry as well as Kassimis?s handling of the case concerning Kavala soccer club owner Makis Psomiadis, who is facing trial on embezzlement charges. Despite a recommendation by a public prosecutor, Kassimis released Psomiadis on bail. A council of appeals court judges also ruled Psomiadis should be remanded in custody until his trial, but he had already fled to the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. He is now in police detention in Skopje.