Appeals court rejects Stamati appeal for bail waiver

Appeals court rejects Stamati appeal for bail waiver

A criminal appeals court on Wednesday rejected an appeal by Viki Stamati, the convicted wife of jailed money-laundering felon and ex-minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos, for a 50,000-euro bail payment to be waived.

Stamati’s prison sentence was commuted to house arrest on October 14 and the 52-year-old was given two weeks to post 50,000 euros in bail as a condition of her release, an extension granted in response to the argument that capital controls prevented her from raising the money.

At the end of last month, Stamati’s lawyer argued that his client remained unable to meet the bail payment and sought its waiver. In its ruling yesterday, however, the court deemed that no new evidence has emerged to justify the reduction of the bail payment set as a condition for her release from jail.

Stamati’s appeal against the new ruling is to be heard on Thursday by the fourth section of the Supreme Court.

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