Vice-rector acquitted of misusing funds

A Thessaloniki court on Wednesday acquitted Yiannis Pantis, vice rector of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, northern Greece, over charges of breath of faith.

Pantis was accused of allegedly using university funds to pay for a smartphone device that was given as a gift to actress Natalia Dragoumi.

Also acquitted was the former commercial director of the Thessaloniki store where the mobile phone was allegedly purchased.

Pantis told the court that the actress had expressed an interest in promoting the university’s activities on a television show, though in the end the story never aired. He added that he had refused to pay for the smartphone whose purchase had been arranged by the former commercial director.

The former commercial director argued that he had acted upon the vice-rector’s orders.

The court ruled that the university had not been harmed and acquitted both defendants.