Viki Stamati, the wife of jailed former Defense Minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos, on Wednesday lodged her sixth appeal to have her prison sentence for money laundering commuted to house arrest, saying that she was innocent, desperate to see her young son and suffering from suicidal tendencies.
Addressing a court hearing the appeal of her husband against his conviction for money laundering, Stamati said she was being punished for having spent part of her life with Tsochatzopoulos and questioned why the former minister’s daughter, Areti Tsochatzopoulou, was released from custody recently.
The 52-year-old last month escaped from the Dromokaitio Hospital, a psychiatric clinic where she has been receiving treatment for depression. She said she escaped in despair after hearing that her fifth appeal had been rejected.
“Let me be chained as long as I can be near my child,” she said.