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Ex-mayor convicted of embezzlement claims disability for early release

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The former mayor of Thessaloniki, Vassilis Papageorgopoulos, was expected to be on Tuesday released from Diavata Prison, where he has served over one-fifth of a 12-year sentence for embezzling money from municipal coffers, the state-run Athens-Macedonian News Agency (AMNA) reported.

Papageorgopoulos applied for early release under a new law introduced by the Ministry of Justice that eases the terms of confinement for inmates with chronic illnesses or disabilities.

The ex-mayor of the northern port city, convicted as an accessory to the theft of 18 million euros from municipal coffers, presented the Parole Board with a medical certificate claiming that he suffers from 67 percent disability. Papageorgopoulos has suffered a heart attack and has undergone surgery since being jailed.