Thessaloniki court finds 85 guilty in forged driving permits case

A court in Thessaloniki on Thursday handed jail sentences of up to six years to 85 people over the issuing of forged driving permits in the northern port city in 2009 and 2010.

More than 80 driving licenses were given to would-be drivers, mostly migrants, so they could avoid being tested.

The recipients paid between 200 and 3,300 euros for each permit.

Three of those convicted worked at the Eastern Thessaloniki Transport Directorate.

They received six-year sentences that they were allowed to buy out for 5 euros a day.

The others convicted included driving instructors.

The case was uncovered by the police’s internal affairs department.