Former deputy parliamentary speaker Alexis Mitropoulos, who was a SYRIZA MP until September, is to stand trial for tax evasion and money laundering.
First instance court prosecutor Eleni Touloupaki leveled the charges against Mitropoulous, a lawyer by profession, as he is suspected of having failed to issue a receipt for legal work he carried out 16 years ago.
The tax due from the work in question at the time was the equivalent of 440,000 euros but has since almost doubled due to the penalties and interest that have been imposed.
Mitropoulos has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing but the documents that he has submitted to tax authorities, courts and the Financial Crimes Squad (SDOE) have been deemed insufficient.
Mitropoulos was not elected to Parliament in the September 20 elections after being placed low down SYRIZA’s list of candidates in Athens.