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Prosecutor: No reason to alter Papantoniou’s guilty verdict

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A prosecutor on Tuesday asked an appeals court to find former minister Yiannos Papantoniou and his wife, Stavroula Kourakou, guilty for submitting inaccurate “pothen esches” (declaration of source of income) forms for 2009.

Referring to the sum of 1.3 million euros that the couple is alleged not to have declared, the prosecutor, Panayiotis Poulios, described it as “an extremely large amount which cannot be justified by the defendants’ financial situation.”

In November 2014, Papantoniou and Kourakou were both sentenced to four years in prison for submitting inaccurate source of wealth forms for 2009 but were allowed to pay off their terms for 14,560 euros each, pending appeal.

Discrepancies in their stated and actual assets were detected when Kourakou’s name appeared on the Lagarde list of Greeks with bank accounts in a Geneva HSBC branch.