Five defendants get life terms in Noor 1 drug trial

Five defendants get life terms in Noor 1 drug trial

A criminal court in Piraeus on Tuesday handed five life sentences to suspects found guilty of smuggling more than 2 tons of heroin into Greece aboard the Noor 1 cargo ship in 2014.

As expected, the court followed the advice of a prosecutor and dealt life sentences to five key suspects: two Greeks and three foreign nationals.

Makis Yiannousakis, formerly the owner of the Noor 1, was given a life sentence plus an eight-year term as well as a 300,000-euro fine. Giorgos Bourdouvalis, a shipping agent, also received a life sentence plus a nine-year-term and a 600,000-euro fine.

Three Turks who were arrested at a warehouse in Koropi, east of Athens, where a large quantity of the smuggled heroin was found, were each given life terms plus additional eight-year sentences and fines of 200,000 euros each.

During his testimony in court, 42-year-old Yiannousakis admitted to his involvement in moving the drugs. Half a ton of heroin was found at the Filothei home of his ex-wife.

The rest of the defendants in the trial were handed more lenient sentences. Constantinos Kartsonis, who transferred some of the drugs in his truck, got 18 years in prison and a fine of 80,000 euros. The Iranian who accompanied the Noor 1 to Piraeus was given a 16-year prison term and fined 60,000 euros.

Former soccer official Emilios Kotsonis and Stavros Lagios, an ex-aide to Yiannousakis, got suspended 10-year terms while businessmen Vassilis Kourouvanis and Panagiotis Faros got suspended eight-year terms. The four were freed after appealing their sentences.

Subscribe to our Newsletters

Enter your information below to receive our weekly newsletters with the latest insights, opinion pieces and current events straight to your inbox.

By signing up you are agreeing to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.