Tsochatzopoulos appeal for early release rejected

Tsochatzopoulos appeal for early release rejected

An Athens appeals court on Wednesday rebuffed an appeal for early release by former defense minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos, 77, who is serving a 20-year sentence for money laundering.

An initial request for early release by Tsochatzopoulos was turned down earlier this year.

He was found guilty in 2013 of running a money laundering racket to cover the trail of kickbacks he is alleged to have received from defense deals. In his appeal, the ex-minister cited his advanced age.

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