Areti Tsochatzopoulou’s appeal for release rejected by parole board

A five-member parole board on Monday rejected an appeal for release by Areti Tzochatzopoulou, currently serving a 12-year sentence at Thiva prison for her role in laundering millions of euros in kickbacks received by her father, Akis Tsochatzopoulos, when he served as defense minister.

Three of the five judges voted against the appeal, even though it had earlier received the packing of a prosecutor who proposed that Tzochatzopoulou should be released on “humanitarian grounds” as one of her three children is scheduled to undergo surgery.