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Four alleged accomplices released, one conditionally

Four suspects implicated in a money-laundering scandal centered on former Defense Minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos were released Wednesday after testifying before an investigating magistrate, one on the condition that he reports to police once a month.

Two of the suspects are representatives of Morelia, a shell company that prosecutors believe transferred cash from the alleged kickbacks to offshore firms, while the other two are representatives of Bluebell and Torcaso, two of the three offshore firms linked to the money-laundering network. The Torcaso representative was the one granted conditional release.

All four are accused of helping Tsochatzopoulos launder kickbacks from defense deals through the purchase of properties.

The ex-minister?s daughter, Areti, is to testify Thursday and his wife, Viki Stamati, on Friday, both in connection to properties they own which have been linked to the offshore firms.