Appeal of ex-defense minister’s wife for release slated for Feb 3

A court is due to hear on February 3 an appeal by Viki Stamati, the wife of jailed ex-minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos, to have her prison sentence suspended.

Stamati is serving a 12-year sentence in connection to her husband’s laundering of money taken in kickbacks for defense contracts.

However, last week she was taken to the hospital after taking an overdose of pills when she learnt that she was due to be transferred to a prison in Thiva, about 50 kilometers northwest of Athens.

Tsochatzopoulos’s daughter, Areti, is also appealing for an early release.

Her case is due to be heard on Thursday.